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AirAsia Manila-Hong Kong flights still a go despite Omicron threat

Aika Rey
AirAsia Manila-Hong Kong flights still a go despite Omicron threat

AIRASIA. AirAsia Airbus A320-200 planes are seen on the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, February 4, 2020.

Lim Huey Teng/Reuters

AirAsia will fly biweekly from Manila to Hong Kong starting Sunday, December 5

AirAsia Philippines will be resuming its Manila-Hong Kong flights beginning Sunday, December 5.

AirAsia said on Wednesday, December 1, that it will fly biweekly from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 to Hong Kong.

Amid the threat of a new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, AirAsia gave assurances that it adheres to the “highest” standards of safety.

It reiterated that AirAsia planes are equipped with high-efficiency particulate air or HEPA filters for cabin airflow and that crew members, all of them vaccinated, conduct cleaning and sanitation after each flight.

“Almost two years into the pandemic, AirAsia believes that our guests have already developed the culture of readiness and safety that is strictly observed across all touchpoints of the customer journey. We will closely monitor the situation and will continue to abide by the guidelines set by the government,” said AirAsia spokesperson Steve Dailisan.

AirAsia is eyeing to service overseas Filipino workers and business travelers with the revived route.

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First detected in southern Africa, the Omicron variant has since been found in a number of countries and territories, including Hong Kong.

The Philippines has been urged to impose a ban on inbound Hong Kong flights, but the government has yet to decide on the matter. Hong Kong is still on the Yellow List, which means vaccinated travelers must present a negative swab test result while unvaccinated guests must undergo facility-based quarantine.

Manila has already sealed off its borders from 14 countries in Africa and Europe. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.