International news agencies and various other media agencies in Hong Kong have confirmed that Rupert Hogg, the former Cathay Pacific CEO, has submitted his own name to the Chinese Aviation Authority, instead of a list of staff members who took part in the Hong Kong protests.
Rupert Hogg had joined Cathay Pacific as a CEO in May 2017. Before this designation, he was working with Cathay Pacific’s parent company – Swire for more than 30 years.
Cathay Pacific got caught in the political crisis when the Chinese authority demanded Cathay Pacific to suspend crew members, who were involved in illegal protests in Hong Kong. The protest was going on from operating flights into China’s airspace from 10th August, including flights bound for other destinations.
According to Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, 1200 Cathay Pacific cabin crew and pilots took part in a strike on Monday (5th August).
“Anyone may question the transparency of this possible reason, as there is a high degree of freedom of speech in Hong Kong. We may never possibly get absolute accuracy unless this information is officially revealed by Rupert Hogg or the Management Team from Cathay Pacific.” —– Sam Chui
Moreover, Wang Ting-yu, a parliament member in Taiwan, made a Facebook post on Sunday afternoon (18th August) to praise his act.