British Airways to resume Hong Kong flights this weekend

May 6, 2021

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For the first time in six months, British Airways planes will be taking off from London Heathrow Airport bound for Hong Kong. The airline’s first flight to Hong Kong (HKG) since December 2020 will take off Sunday 9 May, following Hong Kong’s lifting of its suspension of travel from the U.K.

For the moment, BA will operate flights between London (LHR) and Hong Kong (HKG) twice a week — on Fridays and Sundays.

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“We at British Airways can’t wait to welcome our customers onboard our flights from London Heathrow to Hong Kong again, and are delighted to be able to reunite families and friends with their loved ones after such a long time apart,” a British Airways spokesperson told Business Traveller.

British Airways’ resumption of service on the 12-hour nonstop route to Hong Kong will begin a day after Cathay Pacific relaunches its service between the two cities. Cathay is adding 17 flights to Heathrow during the month of May as it anticipates strong demand for people wanting to return home and visit family for the first time in many months.

The move from both carriers to offer transit options between the U.K. and Hong Kong follows the lifting of government restrictions. In December 2020, the Hong Kong government banned all flights from the U.K. because of increasing concern about new variants of the coronavirus.

It’s important to keep in mind that while Hong Kong has softened some of its travel requirements, U.K. visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from the past 72 hours upon arrival in Hong Kong and then complete a mandatory 21-day quarantine at a hotel. You will have to show proof of the booking on arrival.

Hong Kong has also eased restrictions for travellers from other countries deemed low-risk, such as Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Visitors from those nations have to quarantine for just 14 days at a designated hotel.

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