The Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble (ATB), which was set to resume on May 26, has been postponed, according to the Ministry of Transport (MOT), on Sunday (May 17).
“Both parties are committed to launching the ATB in a secure manner. Singapore, however, is unable to meet the requirements to begin the Singapore-Hong Kong ATB due to a rise in unrelated community cases,” the ministry said in a statement to the media.
SG Transport Ministry: “Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble to be Deferred”
Following a meeting between Singapore’s Transport Minister S Iswaran and Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau on Monday morning, the decision was taken, Yahoo! News Singapore reported.
Both sides will closely track the public health situation in both cities, according to MOT, and will reconsider the new launch date for the ATB flights as Singapore’s Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) time comes to an end on June 13th. The Hong Kong government said in a separate statement that a further announcement on the ATB will be made “on or before 13 June”
“Travellers may still continue their journey on non-designated ATB flights. However, such travellers will be subject to the prevailing border control and health requirements of both places. Singapore residents returning from Hong Kong will be subject to a 7-day Stay-Home Notice upon entry into Singapore,” said MOT.
Airlines will contact affected passengers to provide assistance, according to the ministry.