The Hong Kong govt imposed restrictions on Air India flights until April 24, 2022, after three passengers on one of its flights tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving on Saturday.
According to Hong Kong officials. “Three passengers on Air India’s AI316 Delhi-Kolkata-Hong Kong flight on April 16 tested positive for COVID-19 post-arrival.” Air India flights from New Delhi and Kolkata have been banned till April 24 by the Hong Kong government, the official added.
After the suspension was imposed, Air India in a Tweet said, “Due to restrictions imposed by the Hong Kong authorities and limited demand on the sector, our flights to Hong Kong & back of 19th and 23rd April stand cancelled.”
#FlyAI: Due to restrictions imposed by the Hong Kong authorities and limited demand on the sector, our flights to Hong Kong & back of 19th and 23rd April stand cancelled.— Air India (@airindiain) April 17, 2022Advertisement
It is worth noting that according to guidelines released by the Hong Kong government, passengers from India can only enter Hong Kong if they have a COVID-19 negative certificate from a test performed 48 hours before the trip.
Furthermore, all overseas passengers are obliged to complete a post-flight COVID-19 exam at the Hong Kong airport.
According to the Hong Kong government’s regulations, if there is one COVID-19 positive case and one case of non-compliance with pre-departure testing on any flight, the airline will be barred from flying on the route for seven days.
In January, Hong Kong ordered a two-week flight ban from eight countries, including India, due to an increase in the Omicron COVID-19 strain.
This flight suspension has an impact on India, Pakistan, Nepal, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, and the United States. The ban also prohibited passengers from being transferred.