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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:
Janice Wong and Samantha Butler

2020-10-22
Thursday

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Cathay Dragon and thousands of jobs axed  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's first local airline, Cathay Dragon, is no more. Its operations have been halted as part of a sweeping restructuring effort by the Cathay Pacific group that will see more than 5,000 locally-based staff made redundant and other workers asked to accept new terms of service. As Priscilla Ng reports, the flag carrier says this revamp is the only way it can survive the coronavirus crisis:
Cabin crew shocked at Cathay redundancies  Listenfacebook
Connie Leung, vice-chairwoman of Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association, told Annemarie Evans that the news to pull the plug on Cathay Dragon came as a complete shock:
Govt fears CX move threatens HK's aviation hub status  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says the government had asked Cathay Pacific to make sure it was in a good position to resume operations once the coronavirus pandemic ended. He says the administration also urged the airline to keep the impact of its restructuring to a minimum. Wendy Wong reports:
Lawmakers urge CX to reduce lay-offs  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers from across the political spectrum have expressed concern over the mass redundancies planned by Cathay Pacific, saying the government must not shirk its responsibility to minimise the impact of the job cuts. Priscilla Ng reports:
Academic says it's the right time to drop 'Dragon' brand  Listenfacebook
A logistics professor says axing Cathay Dragon will help the Cathay Pacific Group streamline its brand and focus more on its low-cost carrier, HK Express. Dr Achim Czerny from Polytechnic University's Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies says people will probably have less money in their pocket as the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, meaning there will be greater demand for cheaper flights. Czerny told Janice Wong that Cathay Pacific struggled during the pandemic, as it relied mostly on international travel, which has been widely curbed:
Shock and sadness greet Cathay news  Listenfacebook
Hongkongers have taken to social media to express their sadness over the demise of Cathay Dragon, sharing fond memories of the airline many continued to call Dragonair. Wendy Wong reports:
Security minister jeered in heated exchanges with lawmakers  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, John Lee, has accused Democrat Roy Kwong of encouraging crime suspects to flee Hong Kong, prompting jeers in the Legislative Council from the pro-democracy camp. Damon Pang reports:
Outrage over ‘dog judge’ graffiti  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, has spoken out against attacks on members of the judiciary. Her comments came after offensive graffiti targeting a former magistrate accused of bias towards protesters was spray-painted onto walls in Kowloon Tong. Maggie Ho reports: