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Thu, 15 October 2020

Cathay Pacific and IATA Welcome News of HK-SG Travel Bubble

Cathay Pacific has welcomed the announcement of an in-principle agreement between the authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore to set up an air travel bubble between the two cities.

Arrivals sign at Changi Airport in Singapore. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, Ronald Lam, said, “Singapore is a popular destination for Hong Kong travellers for both leisure and business purposes. We are grateful to the authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore for reaching this agreement, which importantly will enable passengers travelling between the two cities to do so without any restrictions on the purpose of their travel nor with any quarantine requirements for those with negative test results. This is a milestone development for Hong Kong and an important first step in facilitating the resumption of regular air travel to and from our home hub. We look forward to receiving further information regarding the details of its implementation and will work together with the authorities to ensure a safe and secure environment throughout all stages of travel.”

Conrad Clifford, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, said, “We welcome the announcement by Hong Kong and Singapore on establishing a travel bubble between the two cities. Replacing quarantine measures with COVID-19 testing will help in re-opening borders, restoring the connectivity that jobs and economic activity depends on, and gives passengers greater confidence to travel. In a recent 11-market survey of travelers commissioned by IATA, 83% of respondents indicated that they will not travel if there is a chance of being quarantined at their destination. We look forward to receiving more details on the implementation of the Hong Kong-Singapore air travel bubble. We also urge other governments in Asia to take a similar approach to replace quarantine with COVID-19 testing as part of their efforts to re-open their borders and start restoring their economies.”

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