British Airways to Resume Passenger Flights to Hong Kong As Restrictions Are Lifted
Hong Kong will be ending its UK travel ban, as the government is now confident that the local epidemic situation is stabilizing and is satisfied with the vaccination rate in the UK and Ireland. This means that British Airways will resume its passenger flights to Hong Kong as early as this weekend.
Hong Kong has some of the strictest COVID-19 precautions and travel restrictions. In several cases, airlines have been placed on two-week bans after passengers arriving tested positive. In mid-December, British Airways was affected by the policy.
Hong Kong’s policy alone isn’t why the carrier hasn’t been operating flights to the Special Administrative Region. Since a new COVID-19 variant emerged in the UK, Hong Kong authorities suspended all passenger services from the region.
However, British Airways has continued with cargo flight operations to Hong Kong in the last couple of months, as the suspension does not include such services. Business Traveller reports that the British Airways passenger flight on Sunday 9th May will be the first since the ban. The flight will be taking off from London Heathrow to Hong Kong. Also, the carrier can now fly passengers from Hong Kong.
The airline expects a reasonable amount of traffic because people would love the opportunity to travel once the UK travel ban is lifted. In a statement, Head of Sales, British Airways, Noella Ferns, said, “We at British Airways can’t wait to welcome our customers onboard our flights from London Heathrow to Hong Kong again, and are delighted to be able to reunite families and friends with their loved ones after such a long time apart.”
Travelers will need a negative result for a COVID-19 test. The test would have to be taken 72 hours before boarding a flight. Upon arrival, there will be a test for a negative result at the airport, followed by a compulsory 21-day quarantine in a specific hotel.
The flight on Sunday will take off from Heathrow at 16:45 and arrive in Hong Kong at 11:15 the next day.