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Cathay Pacific suspends UK to Hong Kong flights

Cathay Pacific has cancelled flights from the UK to Hong Kong until 25 January after the Hong Kong government barred entry to anyone who has spent more than two hours in the UK within the previous 21 days.

The airline has also suspended flights from Hong Kong to London Heathrow and Manchester until 10 January, after which it will operate a limited number of flights from Hong Kong to Heathrow for customers who need to return home.

Flights will operate from Hong Kong to Heathrow on January 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21 and 24.

The scheduled flight to Manchester on 15 January is cancelled.

British Airways still has daily flights from Hong Kong to London, but its first available flights from London to Hong Kong aren’t until 15 January. It has a flight from Hong Kong to Manchester on Saturday, 9 January but no further flights from Hong Kong to Manchester until 16 January. Its daily service from Manchester to Hong Kong resumes on 15 January.

Hong Kong is one of several countries to impose a temporary ban on UK arrivals after the discovery of a new strain of the coronavirus in England. Several other countries have tightened entry criteria for British citizens.

Hong Kong has also extended its mandatory quarantine for all new arrivals to 21 days. Arrivals must quarantine at designated hotels and foot the bill themselves. The quarantine could be extended to 28 days without notice.

Linsey McNeill

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. Previously Editor of, bylines also include The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, the London Evening Standard, Which? and The South China Morning Post.

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