Air India stops flights to Hong Kong till end of march

As the Indian government temporarily suspended all e-visas issued to Chinese nationals and people of other nationalities residing in China, national carrier Air India cancelled its flights to Hong Kong till the end of March.

“In view of the coronavirus issue, Air India is suspending its flights to Hong Kong starting February 7, 2020, till March 28, 2020,” an Air India spokesperson said.

This follows Air India’s decision to cancel flights to Shanghai and IndiGo’s cancellation of all its flights to China. SpiceJet is currently the only Indian carrier that flies to Hong Kong. A spokesperson for SpiceJet said the airline will continue to operate flights to Hong Kong for now.

On Monday, India’s aviation regulator asked airlines not to honour e-visas issued to Chinese nationals and others living in China.

“Due to current developments, travel to India on evisas stands temporarily suspended with immediate effect for holders of Chinese passports and the applicants of other nationalities residing in the People’s Republic of China. Holders of already issued e-visas may also note that these have been temporarily suspended and currently not valid,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.

Meanwhile, GoAir has announced a full waiver in cancellation and rescheduling fees for its flights to Singapore and Thailand.

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