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Cathay Pacific urges Taiwan to reconsider quarantine measures

28 Apr 2003

Cathay Pacific Airways today expressed grave concern over Taiwan's decision to quarantine Hong Kong residents and other travellers transiting Hong Kong who arrive in Taiwan. The new measures will further discourage air travel during the most difficult period of Asia¡¦s aviation industry. Cathay Pacific hopes that Taiwan will reconsider the move.

The number of people flying has fallen dramatically since the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Asian carriers have borne the brunt of the downturn and many airlines have announced substantial cuts to flight schedules. Taiwan¡¦s measure imposes another constraint on travellers and will further discourage tourism, commercial development and other activities between Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Hong Kong has already introduced appropriate and effective measures to prevent passengers who demonstrate SARS symptoms from travelling. Cathay Pacific hopes authorities in Taiwan will reconsider the need for such a measure.