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Cathay Pacific sees the lifting of many of Hong Kong's COVID-19 restrictions as an opportunity to regain its status as one of Asia's top airlines, but its immediate future remains cloudy.   © Reuters
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Cathay Pacific seeks takeoff as Hong Kong opens up

Flagship airline on quest for staff and profits after city's COVID isolation

PAK YIU and KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei staff writers | Hong Kong

HONG KONG -- As Cathay Pacific sets its sights on again becoming one of the biggest names in global aviation, it is hunting for people like Christy Chen.

The 26-year-old office worker was one of more than 200 eager people who turned up last week at a nondescript Hong Kong hotel to inquire about taking their career in a different direction -- as one of several thousand cabin crew that Cathay needs to hire as it retools after the pandemic.

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