The no-frills budget carrier will launch a weekly passenger service to the Lion City on February 1.
Hong Kong might be implementing some of the toughest travel restrictions on the planet, but that hasn’t stopped HK Express from announcing the debut of a new route on the first day of the Lunar New Year. Come February 1, the low-cost subsidiary of Cathay Pacific will become the fourth airline to operate flights between Hong Kong and Singapore, with Airbus A320 aircraft deployed on the route every Tuesday. The outbound service, flight UO 780, is scheduled to depart at 12:35 p.m. and touch down in Singapore at 4:25 p.m. Meanwhile, flight UO 78 will take off from Changi at 6 p.m. and return to Hong Kong at 10:05 p.m.
Mandy Ng, the airline’s CEO, said in a statement, “Whether our customers are visiting Singapore for business or to visit family, HK Express will provide a safe and seamless experience every step of the journey. We anticipate a steady stream of demand for travel on this route once travel restrictions ease.”
Singapore is one of nearly 150 countries and territories now defined as “high risk” by Hong Kong authorities; non-resident short-term visitors are banned, while those returning from the Lion City can expect to spend 21 days in hotel quarantine. In stark contrast, Singapore unilaterally lifted restrictions on Hong Kong–based travelers last August, giving anyone with an approved Air Travel Pass quarantine-free access to the city-state. Even now, visitors and returning Singapore residents flying in from Hong Kong only have to self-isolate in their chosen accommodation until they receive a negative result from their on-arrival PCR test.
The addition of Singapore will grow the network of HK Express to 15 destinations around Asia. It’s unclear how ongoing travel restrictions will impact the carrier’s plans to resume flights to 13 destinations in March, including Jeju in South Korea, Kagoshima on the Japanese island of Kyushu, and Cam Ranh in south-central Vietnam.
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