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Jan 14, 2022

Hong Kong bans transit flights from 150 nations

Foreign Affairs News Desk
Hong Kong International Airport. Photo: Kah-Wai-Lin
Hong Kong International Airport. Photo: Kah-Wai-Lin

Situated in an international financial hub Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok International Airport, built on reclaimed land on the island, banned transit flights from about 150 countries.

As about 7.5 million people residing in Hong Kong facing high coronavirus risks battling an outbreak of the highly contagious omicron variant, Hong Kong’s international airport, formerly known as Kai Tak Airport, slapped flights for temporarily said Friday effective from January 16 through February 15.

Earlier from January 8, the flights from eight nations, including the U.S., the U.K., Australia and Canada were banned.

Asia’s busiest travel destination Hong Kong’s airport handled nearly 1.2 million passengers in 2021.

The airport handled over 65.8 million in 2019.