Air travel bubble flights between Singapore and Hong Kong are being delayed again because of a rise in Covid-19 infections in Singapore. The flights were scheduled to be relaunched on 26 May, a six-month delay from an initial plan of November 2020 because of a rise in Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong.
Community cases in Singapore have increased sharply in recent weeks. Singapore recorded 38 infections in the community as of 15 May, the highest number of community cases reported since 14 April last year. Singapore has imposed new restrictions to curb community infections, which were implemented yesterday and are to last until 13 June.
Both sides agreed to defer the launch of the travel bubble to protect the health of travellers and the public in the two places, Singapore’s Ministry of Transport said today.
The latest delay illustrates the challenges to resuming air travel before Covid-19 vaccines become widely available. Travellers between Singapore and Hong Kong would have been exempt from the usual quarantine or stay-home measures and free of any movement restrictions if they tested negative for Covid-19.
Hong Kong’s aviation fuel imports fell to a seven-month low in March as tightened crew quarantine measures limited flights and Covid-19 travel restrictions continued.