Air India (AI) has been banned from flying to Hong Kong (HKG) until October 3 following passengers on board testing positive for COVID-19.
A Cathay Dragon flight between Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and HKG also had five passengers, who had connected from an earlier Air India Express (IX) flight, test positive for COVID-19. According to the Center for Health Protection, a third of 23 COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong involve people who had recently traveled to India.
Flights by AI to HKG, part of the Vande Bharat Mission to get stranded Indians home, had also been banned in August due to COVID-19 concerns.
Air India itself, despite facing restrictions, has continued to open flights during the pandemic, including a flight between Kolkata and London amid a potential takeover by the Tata Group.