Hong Kong has suspended Air India flights between Delhi and Hong Kong until 3 December.
According to an official statement released by the airlines, ‘Air India has been banned from operating between Delhi and Hong Kong from 20 November to 3 December. Air India has no scheduled flights to Hong Kong during this time.’
This is valid despite the fact that Air India has met all necessary safety standards for its flights to either international or domestic destination.
‘Air India has always adhered to all necessary safety protocols for its flights to any foreign or domestic destination. Only those passengers with Covid negative test results made 72 hours prior to departure from laboratories recognized by the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) are permitted to board flights to Hong Kong as required by the Hong Kong authorities.’
It also reported that passengers are expected to apply their health and quarantine declarations online, as well as before landing in Hong Kong. “These notifications are communicated on our official website as well. Air India as a responsible airline is strictly conforming to all these rules and protocol.”
“Another mandatory Covid 19 test is carried out for passengers after landing in Hong Kong and reports of this test may be at variance from the reports of tests conducted 72 hours before taking the flight,” said Air India.
Earlier, on 28 October, Air India flights were banned by the Hong Kong authorities, citing five Mumbai passengers tested positive for Covid-19.
Similarly, Air India declared on August 18 that its Vande Bharat Mission flights to and from
Hong Kong was forbidden by the Hong Kong authorities on the basis of COVID-19 relevant issues.
Air India had halted its flights to Hong Kong on 7 February following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.