British Airways Suspends Hong Kong Flights as Crew Undergoes Quarantine

British Airways has temporarily suspended flights to Hong Kong on Nov. 28 amid reports of its flight crew forced to quarantine in a government facility after one member tested positive.

“We have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend flights to Hong Kong while we review operational requirements for this route,” the airline said in a statement.

“We apologize to our customers who have had their travel plans disrupted and will be in touch to give them options,” British Airways further stated.

The statement did not mention how long the flights would be suspended.

British Airways runs two flights to Hong Kong from London each day.

According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the airline had taken the decision after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport on Nov. 27.

“According to epidemiological investigations, other crew members on the same plane are classified as close contacts and must be sent to a quarantine center,” a spokesperson from the Hong Kong Department of Health confirmed to SCMP.

The suspension came amid concerns over the new Omicron COVID-19 variant that has been detected in a number of places, including Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

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