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.