Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13722 posts, RR: 20 Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3134 times:
The Ming Pao chinese-language daily newspaper in Hong Kong has reported that unnamed sources close to Hong Kong's de facto flag carrier that it is to cut between 10 - 15% of capacity for the next one to two months at least.
Quoting a Dragonair spokesman, the airline has cut 10 flights so far.
In related news, the two airlines reversed a decision banning flight attendants from wearing face masks.
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Red Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2969 times:
Singapore handles the SARS episode way better than Mainland China. Mainland China's government just want to cover up all negative news. The terminologies, SARS and phneumonia, are forbiden to use in pager's communication. Do not be surprised, this is just part of the PRC government culture.
N754pr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2871 times:
YES, its very bad and I just hope they can cure this thing soon, if we talk about YEARS we are all in trouble. There are about 500 cases in HKG now and one apartment block alone has something like 60 !!
Singapore was smart to shut down the schools but I wonder if all the kids will stay home ??. All Hong Kong schools are also closed.
777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2845 times:
SARS isn't that bad. If you're fit and healthy you're fine. The problem is with old people and the infirm, which isn't that bad in the Western world (they need killing off anyway...it's true). If it gets to Africa (HIV) then a few million people will be dead within a year.
Foilcat From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2001, 131 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2823 times:
yes... that's what they did, may be [cover up the bad thing] is always a Mainland Govenment culture. One of the top personnel in Trading department of Mainland govnt claimed that HK's media say too much about the SARS case and scare those visitors for not coming to HK...... he is inshame...
For HK, here is more open, at least compare to Mainland, we cannot cover up those things are really happened, we gotta tell the truth to all over world.
Remark: Hong Kong tough is now a part of China, but still 2 systems...
Carnoc From China, joined Oct 2001, 875 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2678 times:
Excuse me, guys.
First of all, please understand that this is an aviation message board, not about politics.
Also, maybe Mainland government wasn't so keen in leting public knows the up-to-date information about SARS situations, but I completely understood why some Chinese officials told HK media to be ethical a little bit more, I have even seen (& heard) a few unpublished reports by some HK journalists, what they wrote was totally false.
By the way, health officials in Beijing, Shanghai & Guangdong province have all held several press conferences to keep foreign journalists updated over this issue, but I was really amazed that some reporters who didn't even attend any of those news conferences wrote reports saying that there is no doubt that the figures provided by Chinese government were presumably not correct.
Meanwhile, China has already shown a very cooperative attitude in working with WHO experts team, they have been agreed most requests given by WHO experts team and many top-ranking health officials from Ministry of Health of PRC have self-reviewed most reports submitted by provincal health authorities to ensure that all reports are detailed and correct. By the way, please remember one thing, if PRC wants to cover up the whole thing, then they would not request WHO to send experts to China, but they did request some helps from WHO. From all these moves, we can see that mainland government is not trying to 'cover up' the whole thing, they are just trying to solve the problem in a quiet way.
Finally, for those who said that Chinese media didn't report anything about SARS, I disagree. Check out Xinhua News Agency's website, People's Daily website and some websites run by Guangdong-based media organizations, you can find a lot of information about SARS in other countries. Indeed, I do agree that there was very little about the situations in mainland.
CX829 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2451 times:
Speaking for the chinese government, I can't blame you for pleading their case. Look who's talking about politics? If you look deeper, atypical pneumonia was traced as far back as Oct/Nov of 2002 and yet they have done nothing about it till it got so out of hand. Of couse they are now asking WHO for help. Look at how many people are infected and have died! Here in Toronto, a 4th person just died this morning. The outbreak is outrageous and damages much more severe as you seem. Businesses are going bankrupt amid up to 80% drop in revenues in restaurants, shops, tourism, etc. It's not fair to blame after the fact but they should have done something to contain the virus. How would you like to see your flight attendants serving you with their masks on, do you? This is one of the causes for CX to cut capacity, on top of what's going on in Iraq.