BA suspends Hong Kong flights as crew reportedly taken to quarantine camp

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British Airways has suspended flights to Hong Kong after a crew member examined optimistic for Covid-19, amid studies members of the crew had been made to isolate for 3 weeks at a quarantine centre constructed from delivery containers.

The town has one of many strictest quarantine insurance policies on this planet, with these arriving from overseas having to serve as much as 21 days in government-designated inns.

The airline mentioned a member of workers examined optimistic on arrival within the area after first testing unfavorable earlier than departure.

BA mentioned: “Now we have made the troublesome determination to quickly droop flights to Hong Kong whereas we overview operational necessities for this route.

“We apologise to our clients who’ve had their journey plans disrupted and might be in contact to offer them choices.”

The provider, which runs two flights to Hong Kong from London every day, has not mentioned when the suspension might be lifted.

The South China Morning Submit reported that​​ a lot of the crew for a flight which arrived within the particular administrative area on Saturday had been taken to the Penny’s Bay quarantine centre because of a optimistic check.

The paper mentioned the most recent incident was the second time in every week that the airline’s crew had been taken to quarantine after an obvious optimistic check outcome.

Studies recommended the primary BA crew members to enter quarantine had been ​​absolutely vaccinated and had beforehand examined unfavorable for Covid-19.

A spokesperson for Hong Kong’s Division of Well being advised the South China Morning Submit the affected crew members had been now again within the UK.

Different flight crew who’ve been compelled to self-isolate in Penny’s Bay for 21 days have complained of prison-like situations.

One pilot, who goes by the deal with ‘FlyWithEva’, posted a photograph of her room on Instagram, with the caption: “Quarantine day 4/21 within the container in Penny’s Bay Isolation camp. Simply wished to replace I’m doing okay.

“Nonetheless overwhelmed with the scenario, however attempting to give up to it; it’s the one option to get via 21 days. Big shout out to many associates and colleagues, who dropped off deliveries. From an additional mattress, to books, sports activities gear, and issues to make the container really feel like much less of a cell.”

Journey restrictions have been tightened in current days amid concern over the omicron variant, with circumstances having been detected in a number of states and territories together with Hong Kong.

Nonetheless the strict quarantine guidelines which aircrews have come up in opposition to had been in place lengthy earlier than the most recent variant started inflicting alarm.

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific has additionally been hit by workers shortages linked to Covid quarantine necessities, resulting in flight cancellations.