Some preliminary information has surfaced indicating that Emirates Airlines is facing a two-week flight ban on Dubai-Hong Kong flights. Reportedly coming into effect from January 9th through to the 22nd, this would be the second action of its kind imposed on the airline by Hong Kong authorities. The first action of this nature took place in December.
The news so far
There has yet to be much information published on this latest flight ban. What little news is available comes via a Hong Kong aviation reporter Danny Lee, who writes for the South China Morning Post.
Lee posted the following message to Twitter indicating that Hong Kong health authorities have banned the airline from January 9-22:
NEW: EMIRATES AIRLINES DUBAI-HONG KONG FLIGHTS BANNED FOR TWO WEEKS FROM JAN 9-22, HK HEALTH AUTHORITIES SAY AFTER RULES BREACH
— G-DLEE AVIATION 2020 (@JournoDannyAero) January 8, 2021
At this time, no other news has emerged of this ban, and Simple Flying has contacted both Emirates and Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department for statements on the issue.
The government had stated in December that it reserves the right to block a route for 14 days under specific conditions. According to CNN, two conditions are as follows:
- If a passenger onboard an aircraft carrying COVID-19 fails to comply with pandemic control measures.
- When an airline carries more than five COVID-19-positive passengers.