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Pilots ask FedEx to halt Hong Kong layovers over COVID rulesPilots are tired of being poked, prodded and confined in unsafe conditions in Hong Kong. They want FedEx to adjust operations so crews can operate without layovers there. (www.freightwaves.com) More...
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HK should no longer be considered an open and free city suitable as an airline hub.
Good! Use as a new hub the “democracy” of Singapore instead. No free press, no freedom of speech, no freedom of assembly and a very efficient secret police that nips dissent in the bud. Any foreign publication that is critical of Singapore is not distributed. A journo buddy of mine wrote an article for the International Herald Tribune documenting how the courts are in the pockets of the government . He was declared persona non-grata and fined in absentia. The IHT was fined as well.
Singapore is the most perfectioned dictatorship in the world, for those who don't know. Thailand is on his way as well. It is a nice place for 3 or 4 days and then I miss the hectic lifestyle of Thailand.
How about just a stopover in a friendly country where the long distance crew gets off, a local crew gets on and does a round trip to HK, then the long distance crew returns to USA?
United has been staging HKG out of GUM and NRT, and staging PVG out of ICN. There’s no reason that FedEx couldn’t do the same thing.
Unless the hub is moved, it will be difficult to change unless FedEx can negotiate an accommodation on the island which forms the airport approaches. Better to be in bond in decent accommodations than locked away in government digs.