Hong Kong suspends AI flights for fourth time as some passengers test positive on arrival – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Hong Kong has for the fourth time suspended Air India flights, now till November 10, after some passengers from India tested Covid positive on arrival there. This time the ban is reportedly on flights from Mumbai alone.
The Chinese special administrative region’s (SAR) third ban for AI and Vistara flights is between October 17 and 30. During this period (on October 25) a flight was allowed to operate on Mumbai-Hong Kong route and some passengers on this tested positive on arrival, say officials.
“We are awaiting formal order from Hong Kong and will comment after seeing that,” said an AI official, when asked about details of the fourth ban. AI was earlier stopped from flying to Hong Kong from August 18-31 and then from September 20 to October 3.
Passengers from India need to test for Corona 72 hours before they leave for Hong Kong and they are allowed to fly there only if the result of the same is negative. All international passengers are tested on arrival at Hong Kong airport.
In these days of extremely limited connectivity with Hong Kong, some passengers take flights from India to Kuala Lumpur and then take connecting flights to Hong Kong from there. Last month, some passengers flew AI Express from India to Kuala Lumpur and from there they took a Cathay Dragon flight to Hong Kong where they tested positive on arrival. Hong Kong then stopped Cathay Dragon flights to and from Kuala Lumpur for some time due to this reason.
Air India Express has advised passengers in a tweet that “passengers travelling on (its) flights to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) must ensure that their final destination should be Kuala Lumpur itself. Passengers who intend to travel onward via KUL should not book with us due to Covid-related travel restrictions.”

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