International Flights Latest News: Air India has decided to cancel its flights to Hong Kong after the city’s Civil Aviation Department barred the nationalcarrier from landing into themetropolitan area till October 3.Also Read - International Flights: Air India Announces Weekly Flights From Delhi to Kathmandu | Check Schedule Here
Notably, Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department barred Air India flights, for the second time after a few passengers on board the carrier tested positive for COVID-19 post arrival. Also Read - Air India to Double Flights to US From August Amid Huge Rush of Students. Details Here
Confirming the development, a spokesperson of the national carrier said, “Hong Kong has prohibited Air India for two weeks — September 20 to October 3. There is only one flight scheduled in the two weeks — the Delhi-Hong Kong flight of September 21. That flight is cancelled and the passengers have been informed.” Also Read - International Travel Not Directly Linked to Covid-19 Vaccination Certificates' Possession: Govt
Earlier this month, the Hong Kong government had tightened regulations for carrying COVID-19 positive passengers on board its flights to the metropolitan area.
“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.
This is not the first time Air India flights have been barred from landing in Hong kong. Earlier, Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department had suspended flights of the national carrier between August 18 and August 31 after 14 passengers on its Delhi-Hong Kong flight of August 14 tested positive for COVID-19 post arrival.
Passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong only if they have a COVID-19 negative certificate from a test done within 72 hours prior to the journey, according to rules issued by the Hong Kong government in July.
Moreover, all international passengers are required to undergo a post-flight COVID-19 test at the Hong Kong airport.
Notably, scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, special international flights have been operating with the approval of aviation regulator DGCA.
Since May 6, Air India has been operating special international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission to help stranded people reach their destinations amid pandemic.