SYDNEY (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd (0293.HK) will close its three cabin crew bases in the United States, the airline said on Friday, laying off 286 staff as the coronavirus pandemic has virtually halted global travel.

In a statement, the airline said it was communicating with the affected crew in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as their union.

Last month Cathay announced the closure of its Vancouver cabin crew base with 147 crew as part of a business review.

Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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