Following Singapore's decision to resume transit travel through Changi Airport in June, Hong Kong is following Singapore's lead after an announcement from the city government.
In a media event, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam made announcement that the city's airport will see the resumption of limited transit travel on June 1 after being suspended since March 25. The announcement also coincided with the decision to open more establishments that have been closed due to the pandemic such as entertainment venues.
Transit travel regulations at Hong Kong Airport will be set by the city's health department.
The initial suspension of transit travel was extended on April 7 as the city then implemented stricter measures limiting travel to/from the city.
As one of the busiest international aviation hubs for cargo and passenger traffic (71 million travelers in 2019), the COVID-19 pandemic has been the latest challenge to Hong Kong's aviation industry following the pro-democracy protests that started during the summer last year.
With the easing of restrictions, hometown airlines such as Cathay Pacific will now be able to adjust their schedules to account for transit travelers in a much needed boost to the local aviation industry.