Two and a half years after the epidemic hit Hong Kong, the flight circuit breaker mechanism and quarantine measures have become the biggest obstacles to exchanges with overseas.
The Medical and Health Bureau announced today (7th) that it will suspend the circuit breaker mechanism, but requires those arriving in Hong Kong to undergo nucleic acid testing on the third day of quarantine.
According to the website, Cathay Pacific has a daily route to New York, and since August 5, the route to London has also been regular.
Cathay Pacific said it is working hard to resume more passenger and cargo flights and maintain Hong Kong's status as an international aviation hub.
Although popular countries and regions have daily flights to Hong Kong, quarantine hotels are another issue.
Looking through the online information, it was found that the quarantine hotel room could be booked as early as August 24, and the quarantined "Sheng Hui" was 12,320 yuan on the 7th. The room shortage problem will not improve until September, and there are more hotels available. Booking.
▼The Hong Kong government will lift entry restrictions on non-Hong Kong residents from May 1▼
Cathay Pacific: Efforts to resume more passenger and cargo flights
The Medical and Health Bureau stated today that the circuit breaker mechanism for individual routes is not very effective, and it has decided to suspend the relevant mechanism from now on, and the suspended flights can be resumed immediately.
However, starting tomorrow, passengers will be required to do a nucleic acid test on the third day after arriving in Hong Kong. It is believed that more frequent testing can effectively block the spread of imported cases.
Cathay Pacific responded that it welcomes the government's suspension of the circuit breaker mechanism and believes that it will help reduce the inconvenience of passengers coming to Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific also pointed out that in response to the recent adjustment measures, it is working hard to restore more passenger and cargo flights for customers, and is committed to maintaining the passenger and cargo connections between Hong Kong and the rest of the world, as well as Hong Kong's status as an international aviation hub.
▼On June 22, Hong Kong's first Japanese tour group departed under the epidemic▼
Cathay Pacific has daily flights to London on 8.5
Cathay Pacific's website shows that there are 10 flights from London to Hong Kong in July starting today, mainly at the end of the month.
Looking at the price of economy class, the highest is 2,494 pounds (about 23,440 Hong Kong dollars) on the same day, and the lowest is 1,375 pounds (about 12,923 Hong Kong dollars) on July 30.
As for flights in August, from August 5th, there will be daily London flights arriving in Hong Kong, with a minimum of 925 pounds (about 8,694 Hong Kong dollars) on August 29th.
As for another popular route from New York to Hong Kong, there are flights on all days in July, with the highest of US$2,370 (about HK$18,601) on the same day and the lowest of US$1,922 (about HK$15,085) on July 19.
Subsequent air tickets in August were even cheaper and remained at about US$1,350 to US$1,500 (about HK$10,595 to HK$11,773) from August 15.
Quarantine hotels will not have rooms until 8.24
Although there will be frequent flights in the next August, the supply of seats will be tight. For example, on the flight from New York to Hong Kong on August 1, there are only 7 economy class seats left.
In addition, the supply of quarantine hotels returning to Hong Kong is also tight. According to the travel website Trip.com, the earliest appointment time is August 24, and only the Holiday Inn Hong Kong Golden Mile still has rooms.
The cheapest room costs $1,760 a night after tax, or $12,320 for a seven-day quarantine.
Until September, many hotels still have rooms for the public to choose from.
▼The epidemic lasted for more than two years, and the airport was full of passenger planes▼
Yao Boliang calls for "three, three and four" quarantine plan
Yao Pak-leung, a member of the Legislative Council of the tourism industry, pointed out that the government relaxed the circuit breaker of flights in May, but 6 flights were still blocked. He believes that there are still uncertainties, which will cause trouble to students and citizens returning to Hong Kong. Therefore, he appreciates the new government's policy. effect.
However, he pointed out that the tourism industry is still very difficult at present, and he hopes that the new government can consider the "three, three and four" quarantine plan, that is, those who receive 3 doses of vaccine can undergo 3 days of hotel quarantine and 4 days of home quarantine, so that the industry can see the recovery. dawn.
▼The eighth round of quarantine hotel prices▼
The flight circuit breaker will be temporarily suspended from the Hong Kong government: at this stage, the circuit breaker mechanism will continue to be implemented to prevent imported cases. The lethality of the passenger plane is probably less than that of the Congolese epidemic｜Kong Fanyi suggested that the flight circuit breaker mechanism be cancelled.