Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Release Flight Schedules for Singapore-Hong Kong Travel Bubble
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has officially released their air travel bubble flight schedules following the exciting announcement by Hong Kong and Singapore that the long-awaited travel bubble would be launching on May 26.
The travel bubble was supposed to launch in November last year but had been delayed multiple times due to the constantly changing Covid-19 situation.
In a statement, SIA said: "Singapore Airlines strongly supports all efforts to open the Singapore air hub up in a safe and calibrated manner. We will continue to be nimble and flexible in adjusting our capacity to meet the demand for air travel."
It added that the travel bubble was an "important milestone" in its recovery.
SIA added that their inaugural travel bubble flight to Hong Kong will depart on May 26 while the first flight from Hong Kong to Singapore will depart on May 28.
The bubble will be beginning cautiously with only one flight per day in each direction. Each flight will also see a maximum of 200 passengers. This number will be reviewed after the initial two weeks.
The flight schedules from May 26 to June 7 are as follows:
From June 9 onwards, SIA will be operating daily air travel bubble flights.
The schedule is as follows:
Cathay Pacific, which is also a specially designated air travel bubble airline, has also released their flight schedules with their inaugural flight leaving for Singapore on May 26.
The schedule is as follows:
Cathay Pacific will then begin operating daily return flights to Singapore from June 10.
During this time, SIA's sister airline, Scoot, will be operating daily non-travel bubble flights between Singapore and Hong Kong. Customers who have existing flight bookings between the two countries will be told if their flight is an air travel bubble one or not.
If you do not meet the bubble requirements or if you are a transit passenger departing from Hong Kong, you can opt to move to a Scoot non-travel bubble flight. You will receive baggage allowances and meals onboard the flight.
However, if you are a transit passenger travelling from Singapore to Hong Kong, you will not be re-accommodated due to the current restrictions. You can however rebook your flights or get a refund.
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To qualify for the air travel bubble, travellers will have to remain in Singapore or Hong Kong for 14 days prior to their departure. This will exclude any time that they spend in quarantine or on stay-home notice.
Hong Kong will also require their residents to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before they can depart on any of these flights. They will be making exceptions for children or people who are deemed unsuitable to take the vaccine.
They will also be requiring travellers from Singapore to install Hong Kong's LeaveHomeSafe app before departing to facilitate contact tracing.
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However, under the travel bubble, travellers from both countries will be able to travel freely in and out of both countries without having to serve a quarantine. They will be required to take pre-departure and on-arrival Covid-19 swab tests but other than that, there will be free travel between the countries.
SIA has also announced that travellers planning to take advantage of the travel bubble, will be treated to a special in-flight menu that will feature famous local dishes from both countries. These meals will include carrot cake, nasi lemak, dim sum, soya sauce chicken noodles and lotus leaf rice with chicken.
The flights will also be operated by cabin crew and pilots who have all been fully vaccinated so you can rest assured that you will be in safe hands.
Currently, both cities are closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation and will only launch the travel bubble if it continues to be safe to do so.
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