Virgin Atlantic cancels all flights to Hong Kong until February

VIRGIN Atlantic has been forced to cancel a number of flights until February due to continued travel restrictions.

The airline has emailed travellers with flights to Hong Kong that all routes from London Heathrow to the city have been suspended until February 7.

The email, shared on social media, says: "As a result of Covid-19 and the changing global travel restrictions, we're constantly reviewing our flying programme.

"This has unfortunately meant we've had to make some schedule changes and cancellations.

"We're sorry to let you know that we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all London Heathrow to Hong Kong passenger services up to and including February 7, 2022, as we work with authorities to overcome current operational challenges on this route."

A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: "We continue to carefully evaluate the conditions under which we can operate our routes, while Covid related restrictions are changing dynamically, always putting the health and safety of our customers and people first.

“After careful review of our London Heathrow – Hong Kong schedule, we have taken the difficult decision to extend the temporary suspension of all passenger services until 8 February 2022, as we work with authorities to overcome current operational challenges on this route.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience caused to our customers and we will be contacting them as soon as possible with their options, including a full refund.

“We hope to reinstate this service as soon as practicable, providing vital connectivity between the UK and Hong Kong for customers and global supply chains.”

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Hong Kong announced earlier this week that eight countries have been put on their inbound flight ban list, in place from January 8.

This includes the UK, along with France, Australia, the US, Canada, India, Pakistan and the Philippines.

The suspension is in place for at least two weeks, but could be extended.

Hong Kong's ban comes as the latest travel blow for Brits hoping to go abroad.

Other countries are introducing new travel restrictions, with Spain and Cyprus requiring Covid tests from all arrivals, even if fully vaccinated.

Some are choosing to lift restrictions instead – Germany has lifted the UK ban while France confirmed they will ease some restrictions.

The UK is lifting a number of travel restrictions regarding tests and isolation periods from tomorrow – here is everything you need to know.

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