Cathay Pacific has added over 5,600 seats across 17 flights this month to bring Hong Kong residents home from the UK.

The airline operated two special flights last month for the same purpose, with the repatriation flights allowing Hong Kong residents to return home for the first time since the strict border controls came into force at the end of 2020.

Beginning on May 8, the flights will be operated by an A350-1000, departing London Heathrow at 1220 and arriving in Hong Kong the following morning at 0650.

This news comes after the gradual relaxation of Hong Kong’s quarantine measures for arrivals from low-risk areas. Travellers from the UK, however, will still be required to quarantine for the full 21 days, and will need to present a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong flag carrier recently announced that it would also launch quarantine-free flights on May 26 between Hong Kong and Singapore, following the resumption of an air travel bubble (ATB) arrangement between the two cities.