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Cathay Pacific schedules flights from London Heathrow to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific has announced resumption of scheduled flights to and from the United Kingdom. The Hong-Kong based airline will fly to London Heathrow from 8th May 2021.

Cathay Pacific will resume flights on 8th May 2021 following Hong Kong government’s decision to relax the COVID-19 rules on flights that originate in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. In a statement released yesterday, the airline announced that it will offer flights between London Heathrow and Hong Kong International Airport so that citizens and residents of Hong Kong can return home.

Cathay Pacific will offer 17 flights during May to help HongKongers who have been stranded in the United Kingdom return home. It will operate flights on:

  • 8th May
  • 9th May
  • 11th May
  • 12th May
  • 14th May
  • 15th May
  • 16th May
  • 17th May
  • 18th May
  • 21th May
  • 22th May
  • 23th May
  • 24th May
  • 25th May
  • 28th May
  • 29th May
  • 30th May

Schedule for flight CX252 from London Heathrow to Hong Kong is:

  • Departure time: 12:20
  • Arrival time: 06:50 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 11 hours and 30 minutes

Airbus A350-1000

In April, in order to bring stranded citizens and residents of Hong Kong home, the Hong Kong authorities laid on two special repatriation flights with Cathay Pacific last month. However, the demand for tickets was so massive that Cathay Pacific’s website could not cope. For the 600 available tickets, those lucky enough to secure them paid HK$9,000 (US$1,160) for the cheapest one-way economy fare.

So for this time, Cathay Pacific is deploying the bigger version of A350, the A350-1000 with a 3-class configuration with over 5,600 seats.

21-day quarantine for those returning

Passengers who will be travelling on Cathay Pacific’s flight from London to Hong Kong will still need to secure a hotel room in one of the specially designated hotels to comply with Hong Kong’s 21-day mandatory quarantine rule.

Along with quarantine, Hongkongers must also provide a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test certificate. The test should not have been done more than 72 hours before departure. After the 26th day of arrival in Hong Kong, all passengers must take another COVID-19 nucleic acid test at any Community Testing Centre (CTC).

Passengers will be allowed to transit through Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) if their itinerary is contained in a single booking. Transit passengers must also meet entry requirements at their final destination. All flight connections in Hong Kong must be completed within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific has announced its Singapore schedule as part of the Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble.

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