Oasis Hong Kong Airlines staff who lost their jobs yesterday will be paid for the 10 days following the carrier's announcement it was insolvent, KPMG head of restructuring services Edward Middleton said. 'All I can say at this stage is that the provisional liquidators will fulfil its obligations to pay them since the date of our appointment on April 9' until yesterday, when the employment contracts were terminated, he said. Accounting firm KPMG was appointed provisional liquidator. Oasis employed nearly 700 staff, who had been paid until the end of last month. The Labour Department said it had made special arrangements to help the affected Oasis staff and had registered them. The department would help them apply for ex gratia payments from the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund, covering salaries, wages in lieu of notice of up to one month's salary and severance payments owed by Oasis. The maximum amount payable by the fund is HK$36,000 for owed wages and HK$22,500 for wages in lieu of notice. For severance payments it is HK$50,000 plus 50 per cent of any excess entitlement. The department said it had liaised with relevant establishments about possible vacancies. Ip Wai-ming, deputy general secretary of the Staff and Workers' Union of Hong Kong Civil Airlines, said he was also liaising with a number of airlines about possible jobs. A spokesman for Cathay Pacific Airways said 'our recruitment door is always open'. Cathay Pacific plans to recruit 1,400 cabin crew, about 300 pilots and more than 100 ground staff this year. A special Cathay Pacific e-mail address for former Oasis staff to submit job applications has been set up at crewapplication@cathaypacific . com. Applications can also be submitted by mail and via www.cathay pacific.com. The Labour Department has two hotlines for affected employees: 2920 2003 for inquiries about employees' statutory rights and benefits, and 2463 9967 for employment services. The department will also open special service counters at its Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung labour relations offices from 9am to 5pm today to help employees pursue termination compensation.