Cathay Pacific to Resume Flights from London

Hong Kong’s government is lifting a four-month ban on travel from the United Kingdom later this week.

A Cathay Pacific A350-1000 aircraft at Hong Kong International Airport. (Photo: Cathay Pacific)

With coronavirus infection rates dropping dramatically in the United Kingdom and Ireland in recent weeks, health authorities in Hong Kong are set to ease entry restrictions on arrivals from both those countries. Starting on Friday (May 7), Ireland and the U.K. will no longer be classified as “extremely high-risk places” for Covid-19 transmission, and the blanket flight ban that has been in place since late December will be dropped. Hong Kong residents who have spent more than two hours in either country in the preceding three weeks will no longer be prohibited from returning home.

This Saturday, Cathay Pacific will restart its passenger services from London to Hong Kong, and the airline’s current timetables show that these are scheduled five times per week. Operated on board an Airbus A350-1000 aircraft with a total capacity of 334 passengers, Flight CX252 is scheduled to depart London Heathrow at 12:20 p.m. and arrive in Hong Kong at 6:50 a.m. the next morning after 11 and a half hours in the air. This flight will run every day except for Wednesdays and Thursdays from May 16.

While checking in at Heathrow, Cathay passengers will need to show proof of a negative result from a nucleic acid test taken within 72 hours of the flight’s scheduled time of departure, as well as a confirmed room reservation at a designated quarantine hotel in Hong Kong for 21 nights. After being released from self-isolation, returning travelers will have to undergo mandatory testing on the 26th day of arrival.

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