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Communicable Disease

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As Hong Kong's airline, Cathay Pacific always puts the health and safety of its passengers and employees as a top priority. We therefore have a number of procedures in place to ensure our preparedness in the event of any serious outbreak of a communicable disease.

Protecting passengers

Cathay Pacific requires medical clearance of all passengers suffering from a communicable disease that pose a direct threat. Where a passenger’s condition poses a significant risk to the health and safety of other passengers or crew they may not be accepted for air travel unless or until the risk has been eliminated.


Procedures are also in place to assist cabin crew if they need to deal with passengers onboard who are suspected to have any kind of infection. The guidelines are in line with those established by the World Health Organization and US Centers for Disease Control and Protection specifically for airline staff and passengers.

Cabin hygiene

With the health of passengers and employees in mind, Cathay Pacific always maintains the highest standard of cleaning and disinfecting for its aircraft cabins, seats, galleys and restrooms. Cleaning procedures are aligned with guidelines issued by various international regulatory and health authorities.

Clean air

Cathay Pacific adopts HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arresters) filtration systems that are capable of filtering 99.999% of dust particles and airborne contaminates, ensuring the highest possible quality of cabin air.

Other measures

  • We continue to review and reinforce all health procedures in accordance with guidelines issued by regulatory, industry and health authorities.
  • We promote public health awareness among our staff. Measures include an influenza vaccination campaign, lectures from prominent experts, and an Intranet website put together by our Corporate Medical Department to provide staff with regular updates on communicable diseases along with health tips.