The boss of Cathay Pacific has resigned over “recent events” taking place in Hong Kong.

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The company said chief executive Rupert Hogg stepped down to “take responsibility as leader of the company in view of recent events” unfolding in Hong Kong.

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The airline has been caught up in the ongoing demonstrations which has also forced the city’s airport to be shut for multiple days.

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Pro-democracy protests in the Asian financial hub have risen to be one of the biggest popular challenges to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

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The airline was ordered by Beijing’s aviation authorities to suspend staff that supported what China claims are illegal protests in Hong Kong.

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