Travel Travelers can transit through Hong Kong airport beginning in June

00:15  31 may  2020
00:15  31 may  2020 Source:   thepointsguy.com

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Transit through the airport has been barred since March 25 as part of measures taken to help control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Cathay said travellers could transit Hong Kong if their itinerary was on a single booking and the connection time to the next flight was within eight hours.

The Hong Kong Government notes that "All transit services at Hong Kong International Airport will be suspended". Singapore's own ban on visitors and transit passengers has already seen Singapore Airlines slash its network to a handful of destinations flown by just nine jets out of a fleet of 147.

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Hong Kong International Airport will reopen to transit travelers in June after a more than two-month closure to connecting passengers to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Beginning June 1, travelers can connect between flights on the “same airline group” at Hong Kong (HKG), according to the airport. Passengers must be checked in through to their final destination prior to landing in Hong Kong, and must wear a mask while they are in the airport.

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Hong Kong International Airport will soon be back in business for transit passengers. Photo: Roy Issa. Airlines told of restrictions in meeting with Hong Kong government officials earlier this week. Government announced earlier that transiting would be allowed at the airport starting from June .

Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card. Hong Kong SAR passport or British National (Overseas) passport (with right of abode in Hong Kong ). Transit restrictions Passengers are no longer permitted to transit through Hong Kong International Airport . All sea-to- air ferry services (Greater Bay Area

Non-residents are still barred from arriving in Hong Kong. In addition, travelers cannot transit to destinations in mainland China, reports the South China Morning Post.

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Hong Kong is among the busiest airports in the world and a major hub for hometown Cathay Pacific Airways and its affiliates. The airport was closed to connecting passengers on March 25 as COVID-19 spread rapidly around the globe.

Cathay Pacific slashed its schedule by 97% in April in response to the dramatic drop in flyers during the pandemic. The airline, and its affiliate Cathay Dragon, only plan to operate about 5% of their schedule in June, according to Cirium schedules.

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Hong Kong , a semiautonomous Chinese region, requires travelers from all countries to From March 24 through April 7, travelers will not be allowed to transit through Taiwan. The ban also extends to passengers in transit at international airports . Diplomats and people with work permits must bring

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) security routinely and thoroughly screens any luggage loaded onto an aircraft in Hong Kong , whether belonging to a departing or transiting passenger. Discovery of weapons or ammunition of any kind – including mace, pepper spray, stun guns, bullets, air gun pellets

Only two of Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong lounges are open: The Wing First Class and Business Class lounges near gates 1-4. The Pier First Class, The Pier Business, The Deck and The Bridge lounges are closed until further notice.

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American Airlines, a Cathay Pacific partner and fellow Oneworld member, plans to resume its flight between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Hong Kong on July 10.

The reopening of Hong Kong to transiting passengers will also allow United Airlines to reinstate service to Singapore (SIN) with a stop in Hong Kong in July. The Chicago-based carrier suspended the route in favor of additional nonstop service between the U.S. to Singapore in 2017. It had flown the route for 30 years.

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Frustrated travelers confronted protesters blocking their way through the airport , leading to arguments and scuffles, at least one of which led to a physical The Australian Consulate in Hong Kong has sent officials to the airport to help Australians travelers . Canadian authorities are encouraging travelers

It credits to our airport colleagues working with an extraordinary preparation before your aircraft arrives. We will review the passenger information on One hour transit time at Hong Kong Airport gives you some time if you are familiar with the Airport , some shopping in there or eating.

Passengers typically have to disembark and reboard their flights when transiting over Hong Kong.

Related: United Airlines to return to 11 cities in Asia, Europe and South America in July

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