Cathay Pacific ensures adequate pilots to meet demand, actively recruiting for increased manpower in the coming year

Cathay Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ms Lavinia Lau welcomed Secretary for Transport and Logistics Mr Lam Sai-hung as the guest of honour at the pledging ceremony.

2nd March 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association (HKAOA) highlighted tiday the continued shortage of pilots at Cathay Pacific, estimating that it would take three years to recover to pre-pandemic levels. However, Cathay Pacific’s Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, Ms. Lavinia Lau, reassured that the airline has sufficient pilots to meet the current flight demands and has been actively recruiting and training new pilots. She expressed confidence that more manpower will join the company in the next year.

In addition to addressing the pilot shortage, Cathay Pacific has reintroduced the “I Can Fly” program after the pandemic, aiming to train and attract young individuals to the aviation industry. Ms. Lau mentioned that the program will include an aviation experience journey in the Greater Bay Area, where participants will visit the Zhuhai Aviation Education Base to gain insights into the development and achievements of the national civil aviation industry.

Transport and Logistics Secretary, Mr. Lam Sai-hung, who attended the program’s opening ceremony, expressed his appreciation for the “I Can Fly” program, which has attracted over 4,000 young participants in the past 20 years. He emphasised the program’s role in introducing students to the aviation world and planting the seeds for them to become future aviation professionals in Hong Kong. Mr. Lam Sai-hung quoted the lyrics of local singer Panther Chan, saying, “Anyone can shine as long as they find the right place,” to encourage the students.

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific’s highly anticipated “I Can Fly” program made its return after a five-year hiatus, welcoming approximately 300 students with a passion for aviation to participate in the program’s ninth pledging ceremony. The ceremony marked the program’s 20th anniversary. Secretary for Transport and Logistics, Mr. Lam Sai-hung, was the guest of honour at the ceremony.

Ms. Lavinia Lau expressed her delight at the return of the “I Can Fly” program after five years. She emphasised Cathay Pacific’s commitment to supporting the local community, particularly in youth development. Through various initiatives and contributions, Cathay Pacific aims to develop local talent and provide opportunities for young people to progress in life.

Since its launch in 2003, the “I Can Fly” program has combined aviation knowledge with social service, empowering young people to pursue their dreams. Participants gain valuable insights into the aviation world, develop personally, and work towards achieving their aspirations. Over 4,000 members have graduated from the program, with many subsequently pursuing careers in the aviation industry.

Under the guidance of Cathay volunteer leaders, program members participate in a series of aviation activities, including visits to aviation facilities, aviation-related training, and a new addition to the program—an exchange tour to Zhuhai. Members also design and implement their own social service projects to contribute to the community. Those who demonstrate outstanding performance have the opportunity to take part in an aviation experiential trip during the summer, further exploring different aspects of aviation and fostering cross-cultural interactions.