China's civil aviation regulator on Friday warned Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific about major safety risks as recent incidents exposed latent flight dangers.
The airline failed to suspend the service of flight staff accused of crimes related to the recent riots, and leaked flight passenger information with ill intent, which has posed potential serious risks to aviation safety and has increased the inflow of safety risks from Hong Kong to the mainland, said the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in a severe risk alert released to the airline Friday.
For staff involved in illegal demonstrations, riot activities and other offensive and aggressive behaviors, the regulator required the airline to suspend their services related with flights to the mainland starting Saturday.
The airline is also urged to report to its mainland operation qualification approval institution about the identity information of crew serving flights to and over the mainland starting Sunday.
Measures regarding enhancing internal management, improving flight safety and security should be reported to its operation qualification approval institution in the mainland before Aug. 15, according to the CAAC alert.
The CAAC will take necessary regulatory steps based on the airline's implementation of the above requirements.