Hong Kong Has Lost Aviation Hub Status

Hong Kong has lost its position as a global aviation hub due to China’s strict “dynamic zero COVID” policy, said International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s Director General Willie Walsh.

“Hong Kong has lost its position as a global hub and will struggle to regain it because other hubs have taken advantage of it,” said Walsh at an aviation conference in Qatar on 21SEP. Walsh also noted that flagship carrier Cathay Pacific “is a shadow of its former self as a result” of China’s pandemic restrictions.

As reported by Al Jazeera, HKG handled just 591,000 passengers between APR and JUN 2022, compared with the 7.3 million passengers that passed through SIN during the same period. Under Hong Kong’s current rules, all arrivals are required to undergo three days of hotel quarantine followed by a four-day period of medical surveillance that prohibits them from entering venues such as bars and restaurants.

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