Cathay Pacific has announced that it will operate two special flights to bring Hong Kong residents home from the United Kingdom.

The repatriation flights (CX2252) will depart London Heathrow on April 21 and 28, and booking opens on April 8.

The one-off trips will allow Hong Kong residents to return home for the first time since the strict border controls came into force at the end of 2020. The Special Administrative Region banned flights from the UK in late December following the detection of a new strain of the virus in England.

This news comes after the gradual relaxation of Hong Kong’s quarantine measures for arrivals from low-risk areas. Passengers coming in from Singapore, New Zealand or Australia will only have to quarantine for 14 days, but travellers from the UK will still be required to quarantine for the full 21 days.

The airline has welcome the easing of quarantine measures, stating that “this will help facilitate travel activities”.

Cathay Pacific also added:

“We support the vaccination programme in Hong Kong and believe vaccination is pivotal to the resumption of regular air travel, the return of normal life for everyone in society and the recovery of Hong Kong’s economy.”