Industry News 09.01.23


Hong Kong drops requirement for arrivals PCR tests
Hong Kong has further relaxed its Covid-19 restrictions, following a similar move by mainland China.  Travellers no longer have to take a PCR test on arrival into Hong Kong.  In addition the so-called vaccine pass scheme – which limited access to public venues including restaurants, gyms and cinemas for the unvaccinated – is also being scrapped, although the wearing of masks in public spaces will remain compulsory.

Unvaccinated non-residents over the age of 12 years will still be denied entry to the Chinese special administrative region, and all travellers must take a PCR or rapid antigen test within 24 hours before departure for Hong Kong.

IATA criticises restrictions on travellers from China
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has slammed the introduction of restrictions on travellers from China, given the existing circulation of the virus within countries’ borders. EU countries including France, Italy and Spain have announced plans for either pre-departure or on arrival testing for travellers from China due to the soaring cases of Covid-19 in the country, and travellers on direct flights from China to the UK will be required to take pre-departure tests from 5 January 2023.

Travel news as a glance:

  • Cathay Pacific to more than double flights to China
  • First retrofitted Emirates A380 enters service
  • Delta to introduce free inflight wi-fi for all customers by end of 2024
  • JetBlue to launch daytime New York JFK-London Heathrow service from 25 March 2023
  • British Airways adds services to its London Gatwick short haul network
  • Aeromexico passengers gain access to Virgin Atlantic’s Heathrow Clubhouse
  • Loganair axes Teesside routes to Belfast City and Dublin
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