Hong Kong bans Scoot flights from Singapore until April 29

An aircraft operated by Scoot Tigerair Pte, a unit of Singapore Airlines Ltd, stands at Singapore Changi Airport in Singapore, on March 17,2020. - Bloomberg

HONG KONG (Bloomberg): Hong Kong will prohibit flights by Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s budget carrier Scoot traveling from Singapore after two passengers were confirmed to have Covid-19 on arrival.

The passengers were on Flight TR980 from Singapore to Hong Kong on April 11, according to a statement Thursday (April 15) from the Department of Health. All Scoot passenger flights from Singapore will be prohibited from landing in Hong Kong from April 16 to 29, it said.

The ban is the second of its kind in recent weeks after some Singapore Airlines flights were barred from landing between April 3 and April 16. It comes as both cities continue talks on opening a travel bubble that would allow people to enter without going through mandatory quarantines.

Hong Kong health authorities said one of the passengers on the most recent Scoot flight failed to comply with disease prevention and control requirements.

"Scoot will work closely with our ground handling agents to reinforce our protocols and staff training in conducting document checks at our departure points, and to ensure that the passengers we carry are in compliance with all regulatory requirements, ” the airline said in a statement.

Passengers who booked Scoot’s TR980 flight for departure from April 16 will be allowed to re-book or obtain a full refund, according to the statement. The airline’s flights from Hong Kong to Singapore aren’t affected by the suspension.

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