Cathay says Jetstar HK licence goes against Basic Law

John Slosar, the chief executive of Hong Kong's main airline, said it would be unfair if Jetstar Hong Kong were granted air traffic rights in the city.


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According to news sources, Cathay Pacific Airways has fired another salvo against Jetstar Hong Kong in its bid to block the launch of the low-cost carrier.

John Slosar, the chief executive of Hong Kong’s main airline, said it would be unfair if Jetstar Hong Kong – which he described as a franchise of foreign carriers – were granted air traffic rights in the city.

“Its parent company, Qantas, have openly admitted they are setting up a franchise,” Slosar was quoted in CX World, a monthly publication issued by Cathay. He said it would break Article 134 of the Basic Law if the government granted a licence to Jetstar Hong Kong.

“It wouldn’t be good for Hong Kong if any airline can simply come in and set up a franchise.”

The Air Transport Licensing Authority is considering an application from Jetstar Hong Kong.