29th April 2021 – (Hong Kong) The “Air Travel Bubble” between Hong Kong and Singapore will be launched on the 26th of next month. As of 9am on Cathay Pacific website today, tickets were not be available until 3rd June at the earliest, but there were only 2 selected economy class seats left. The round-trip ticket price costs HK$14,500 which is more than twice as expensive as the normal ticket price.
As for Singapore Airlines, which is also responsible for operating exclusive flights, the first 6 flights to Hong Kong were full. Tickets would not be available until 7th June at the earliest, but only economy class seats are left, priced at SGD796 (HK$4,656) and the company’s current economy class fare to Hong Kong is about SGD$427, or about HK$2,500.
The Hong Kong government announced earlier that the “air travel bubble” will be launched on the 26th of next month, and it will maintain one daily flight between the two places, with a maximum of 200 passengers per day. If the epidemic situation in the two places continues to stabilise, it will start more flights from June 10th by increasing to 2 flights each day from the two cities.
Cathay Pacific’s first dedicated flight from Hong Kong to Singapore, numbered CX759, will depart at 9.10 am on the 26th of next month; Singapore’s first flight SQ882 will depart at 8.40 am local time on the same day.
It remains to be seen if the air travel bubble will be disrupted again taking into account that the South African variant has entered the community in Hong Kong recently. An Indian engineer and a Filipino domestic helper who were infected with the South African variant went to multiple places in the city. As the incubation period may take longer than 21 days, an outbreak may take place in Hong Kong again.
Meanwhile, a nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) in Singapore who works in a general ward has tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday. The hospital has locked down the affected ward – Ward 9D – following her infection and has tested patients and staff members who had been in there. “So far, we have detected four more cases who have tested preliminarily positive for COVID-19 infection. “These include a doctor, and 3 patients who are being cared for in the same ward,” said the ministry. The nurse has received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine on 26th January and 18th February. “The COVID-19 vaccine is effective in preventing symptomatic disease for the vast majority of those vaccinated, but it is possible for vaccinated individuals to get infected,” said MOH. As of Wednesday, Singapore has reported a total of 61,086 COVID-19 cases and 30 fatalities.