On May 20, 2021, the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announced that three former and currently serving Cathay Pacific flight attendants were charged in a bribery case over staff travel benefits. Three defendants will appear in court on May 25, 2021.
The Hong Kong-based air carrier’s three flight attendants have been charged with accepting bribes totalling HK$98,000 ($12,621) for “nominating a woman and her friends as travelling companions to enjoy staff benefits in purchasing air tickets”.
“It is alleged that as a result of the scheme operated by the three defendants, Cathay Pacific suffered a financial loss of over $1.16 million, involving 75 sectors of tickets,” read the ICAC statement.
The defendants Lau Ching-man, former flight attendant of Cathay Pacific, Lee Chung-fai and Wong Oi-ting, currently serving as flight attendants with the airline, will appear in the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts, Hong Kong on May 25, 2021.
According to ICAC, Cathay Pacific has provided “full assistance” to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.