Cathay Pacific to close Vancouver cabin crew base, affecting 147 roles

SYDNEY, March 6 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said on Friday it was closing its Vancouver cabin crew base, affecting 147 crew members, as part of an ongoing business review.

The job cuts are the first announced by the airline since it cut 40% of its global capacity as a result of lower demand due to the coronavirus.

"As part of our ongoing business review, we have made the decision to close down our Vancouver cabin crew base," Cathay said in a statement. "We are communicating with the union."

Cathay had closed its Toronto cabin crew base last year affecting 120 roles before the virus hit, as part of a broader transformation plan designed to help it return to profitability. (Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Himani Sarkar)