Air India cancels flights to Hong Kong amid Covid spike

Air India has cancelled flights to Hong Kong between April 18-April 23, 2022, due to restrictions imposed by the Hong Kong authorities and limited demand in the sector, as per an update shared by the airline on Twitter.

Earlier, Hong Kong had banned Air India services till April 24 after three passengers on one of its flights tested positive for COVID-19 post-arrival on Saturday, April 16 a senior government official had said.

Passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong only if they have a COVID-19 negative certificate from a test done 48 hours before the journey, according to rules issued by the Hong Kong government, said the official on Sunday, April 17.

“The three passengers on Air India’s AI316 Delhi-Kolkata-Hong Kong flight on April 16 tested positive for COVID-19 post-arrival,” the official said.

All international passengers are required to take a post-flight COVID-19 test at the airport premises in Hong Kong. Air India flights from New Delhi and Kolkata have been banned till April 24 by the Hong Kong government, the official added.

“A lady passenger who was negative before departure had tested positive for Covid-19 after arrival. As a result of which the lady’s husband and a fellow passenger were immediately quarantined,” another airline official said, declining to be named.

Air India cancels flights to Hong Kong amid Covid spike

“Apart from Air India, one flight each of All Nippon Airways, Turkish Airlines, Japan Airlines, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines have been restricted to fly to Hong Kong for a week,” the second official said. “Cathay Pacific’s two flights have been restricted.”

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It is not the first time airline firms are facing such an issue. In January, Hong Kong had announced a two-week ban on incoming flights from eight countries due to the surge in the Omicron, which included India.

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Regular international flights resumed in India on March 27 after a two years hiatus induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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