Hong Kong has recently banned Air India flights till October 3. This decision came as a result of a number of passengers coming from India tested positive.
Hong Kong had banned Air India flights once earlier on August 18. This suspension was valid till August 31.These flights were part of the Vande Bharat Mission.
The second ban has been put in place from September 20.
An Air India Official told Money Control, “HongKong Civil aviation authority has advised Al not to operate for two weeks from September 20 to October 3″The official said, There is only one flight scheduled in two weeks, i.e Delhi- HongKong, on september 21.That flight is cancelled, and passanger have been informed.”
The report added that five passengers on the airline had flown to Malaysia on an Air India Express service before connecting to Cathay Dragon.
Cathay Pacific said in a statement that five passengers from India who were on a Cathay Dragon flight between Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong on September 18 tested positive for Covid-19, even after they submitted negative nucleic acid tests before their trip. The passengers were earlier on an India Express flight.
According to new rules issued in the country a person can only arrive from India if she/he has covid 19 negative certificate from a test done 72 hours prior to the journey.
As per the UAE government rules, each passenger travelling from India is required to bring an original Covid-negative certificate from the RT-PCR test done 96 hours prior to the journey.
Notably, Hongkong has recorded the highest number of Corona positive cases .One-third of the 23 new cases were in people who had recently travelled from India, according to the Centre for Health Protection.