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Cathay Pacific offers assistance to tsunami victims

28 Dec 2004

Cathay Pacific Airways today offered assistance to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami which hit the region, raising money through donations and carrying supplies and aid personnel to affected areas.

Between now and the end of March, all donations collected in-flight for the United Nations’ UNICEF “Change For Good” programme will support disaster relief efforts. Special announcements will be made in-flight to inform passengers.

A collection has also been mounted among Cathay Pacific staff world-wide, the proceeds from which will go to the Red Cross.

Cathay Pacific has also agreed to help governments and charities ferry supplies to stricken areas. Two sniffer dogs and their handlers, offered by the French government, are already on their way from Paris to Colombo to help with search and rescue operations in Sri Lanka. Some 250 boxes of clothes donated by the Salvation Army in Hong Kong and 3,500 blankets donated by the airline are also being shipped.

Special ticketing arrangements have also been made to enable to Cathay Pacific passengers already at or booked to fly to affected areas to change their flight schedule or obtain a ticket refund without charge.

This arrangement applies to Cathay Pacific services to Colombo, Surabaya and Penang and to passengers whose final destination on a connecting airline was Madras, Maldives, Phuket or Langkawi.