Hong Kong suspends Air India flights till October 3

Marco Green
September 23, 2020

Hong Kong has again suspended the operation of Air India due to the increasing number of corona virus cases in the country. "All arriving passengers are required to comply with conditions as specified in Cap.599 H. Also, passengers are required to ensure online submission of their health and quarantine declaration as well before landing at Hong Kong", the spokesperson said.

Hong Kong has suspended Air India from operating flights to its airport till October 3, after passengers travelling with the airline reported COVID-19 positive.

"Under emergency health regulations tightened on September 15, any airline that carries five Covid-19 passengers or more, or two consecutive flights with three or more diagnosed passengers, faces being banned from Hong Kong", South China Morning Post had said.

Hong Kong Suspends Air India Operations due to COVID-19
Hong Kong suspends Air India from operating flights till October 3

Air India operates most global flights now under the Vande Bharat Mission and under air bubble agreements with various countries, the official said adding that the SOPs should be strictly followed by the airline to avoid such lapses in the future. The coronavirus cases in Hong Kong rose to their highest level in almost a month on Sunday. Only four local infections were reported. The flights operated by Air India were banned by Hong Kong in August as well.These flights were part of the Vande Bharat Mission.

Since May 6, Air India has been operating special global flights under the Vande Bharat Mission to help stranded people reach their destinations amid pandemic. The Vande Bharat Mission started in early May to evacuate Indians stranded overseas due to travel restrictions in wake of corona virus pandemic. But, it seems that this is no working in.

Earlier on August 28 and September 4, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) on Friday suspended Air India Express flights for 24 hours to carry two passengers with COVID positive certificates. Similar rules apply if a person wants to travel to Dubai- the test needs to be done 96 hours before flying. "Accordingly, all AI Express flights from and to Dubai will operate as per the original schedule from Saturday (September 19)".

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