Under strict new rules aimed at stemming the latest COVID-19 outbreak, Hong Kong has temporarily stopped four international airlines.
After a number of passengers on recent flights tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, flights by Emirates, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, British Airways, and Nepal Airlines have all been suspended by the Hong Kong government.
The bans remain in place for 14 days, and even a single positive passenger arriving on a flight into Hong Kong can see that airline hit with a two-week ban if other passengers failed to comply with onboard health measures.
Hong Kong's Department of Health said :
Thus invoked the regulation to prohibit landing of passenger flights from London operated by BA in Hong Kong from December 12 to 25.
British Airways' flight BA27 from London on Tuesday December 8 was revealed to be carrying four passengers with COVID-19.
British Airways added :
We are disappointed to have been instructed by the Hong Kong authorities to temporarily suspend our passenger flights from London to Hong Kong and are working closely with the authorities to resume these services. Our flights from Hong Kong to London continue to operate as normal.