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



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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.

 

Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial
Officer, Ronald Lam, said, “Singapore is a popular destination for
Hong Kong travelers 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
traveling 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 the 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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