(CNN) — Hong Kong has put a short lived ban on 4 worldwide airways flying particular routes into the town beneath a brand new regulation aimed toward stopping the unfold of Covid-19, the Hong Kong authorities instructed CNN Friday.
In a blow to potential vacation vacationers, British Airways passenger flights from London into Hong Kong have been banned from December 12 to December 25, authorities stated.
These flights have been added to a rising variety of banned flights Friday, based on Hong Kong officers, who cited a British Airways flight that arrived in Hong Kong on December 8 with 4 Covid-positive passengers and one passenger who did not adjust to prevention necessities.
Below strict new guidelines the Hong Kong authorities is now prohibiting British Airways, Emirates, KLM Royal Dutch Airways and Nepal Airways from flying particular routes into Hong Kong for 14 days, with dates that adjust by airline.
“We’re dissatisfied to have been instructed by the Hong Kong authorities to quickly droop our passenger flights from London to Hong Kong and are working carefully with the authorities to renew these companies,” British Airways stated in an announcement.
“We’re contacting our clients to apologise and supply the choice of flying with one other provider, travelling with us at a later date or accepting a full refund. Our flights from Hong Kong to London proceed to function as regular,” the assertion reads.
An incoming flight from Amsterdam operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airways on November 27, a flight from Kathmandu to Hong Kong operated by Nepal Airways on December 1 and two flights to Hong Kong from Dubai by way of Bangkok operated by Emirates on December 2 and three have been all additionally discovered to have a number of Covid-positive passengers aboard, based on a authorities assertion.
The ban is enforceable when an airline carries greater than 5 Covid-19 optimistic passengers, as was the case of the Nepal Airways flight on December 1, from which six passengers examined optimistic on arrival.
The ban can be enforceable on an airline which operates two consecutive flights into Hong Kong carrying Covid-19 optimistic passengers, as was the case with the Emirates flights which introduced 4 circumstances to Hong Kong on December 2 and three circumstances on December 3.
The flight operated by KLM from Amsterdam to Hong Kong on November 27 solely had one confirmed Covid-positive passenger on board, however was additionally added to the 14-day blacklist by the Hong Kong authorities.
The federal government says it reserves the correct to dam a route for 14 days if a passenger on board an plane carrying Covid-19 fails to adjust to pandemic management measures.
The Hong Kong authorities stated Friday that KLM’s Amsterdam-Hong Kong and Nepal Airways’ Kathmandu route shall be put out of motion till December 17, whereas Emirates shall be unable to fly into Hong Kong from Dubai or Bangkok till December 18.
CNN has additionally reached out to Emirates, KLM and Nepal Airways for remark.
CNN’s Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.