British Airways is to resume passenger flights to Hong Kong this weekend, following the Hong Kong government’s lifting of its suspension on passenger services from the UK.

The carrier’s first passenger flight on the route since December 2020 will depart Heathrow on Sunday May 9.

Services will initially operate twice weekly on Sundays and Fridays, although BA stresses that “The operation of any flight is subject to potential scheduling changes”, and advises customers to check for the latest flight information.

The news follows Cathay Pacific’s resumption of flights between London and Hong Kong, following the gradual relaxation of Hong Kong’s quarantine measures for arrivals from low-risk areas.

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BA said that it was predicting “significant pent-up demand among those keen to visit family and friends as restrictions are lifted”, and is encouraging passengers to “share their stories of being separated from loved ones overseas via”.

Commenting on the news Noella Ferns, British Airways’ head of sales, Asia Pacific, said:

“We at British Airways can’t wait to welcome our customers onboard our flights from London Heathrow to Hong Kong again, and are delighted to be able to reunite families and friends with their loved ones after such a long time apart.

“The safety of our customers and colleagues has always been at the heart of everything we do. We have also introduced a range of precautionary measures to provide stress- and hassle-free travel.”