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Cathay Pacific reportedly to slash overseas positions, but number unknown

Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific is still trying its utmost effort to cut down expenses, and overseas jobs’ restructure is imminent, including sales, marketing, cargo and airport-based operations.

An internal memo has been shared with the employees of the Cathay Pacific Group, stating that regional and country teams start to communicate and consult their local teams on the restructuring, and this work will continue over the coming months, according to South China Morning Post.

Cathay Pacific said in its company magazine The Journey last year that it was starting a comprehensive review of outposts and how they work the headquarters, which will have an impact on their own organisational structure. Tom Owen, director people at Cathay Pacific, further reiterated earlier this year that the carrier expected to see some changes to the structure in 2018.

The airline currently has about 7,600 employees based in 100 locations outside Hong Kong, but it refused to comment on the number of job cuts.

In a bid to slash back-to-back losses, Cathay Pacific laid off 600 head office jobs last year. Pilots’ benefits and allowances are going to be reviewed but the airline has yet to reach consensus with aircrew.

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