CORRECTED-Hong Kong grants visa extensions to Cathay pilots

(Corrects A330 extension to six months from three months in second paragraph)

SYDNEY, June 17 (Reuters) - Cathay Pacific Airways on Thursday said that non-local pilots based in Hong Kong had been granted work permit extensions, two weeks after it launched a recruitment drive for local pilots and closed bases in Australia and New Zealand.

Pilots on the Boeing 747 freighter fleet and training captains will receive three-year extensions, those on the Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 fleets will receive a one-year extension and those on the A330 fleet will be granted a six-month extension, the company said in a statement.

Cathay last year closed its regional arm, Cathay Dragon, which had flown A330s and A320s, putting hundreds of local pilots out of work.

Reporting by Jamie Freed Editing by David Goodman