Singapore, Hong Kong delay travel bubble to next year

There would be a review in late December over when to proceed

  
A Hong Kong Airline's employee checks passengers' documents before boarding for Hong Kong Airline's Embrace "Home" Kong "flight to nowhere" experience, at Hong Kong International Airport, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Hong Kong, China October 24 2020.

A Hong Kong Airline's employee checks passengers' documents before boarding for Hong Kong Airline's Embrace "Home" Kong "flight to nowhere" experience, at Hong Kong International Airport, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Hong Kong, China October 24 2020.

Reuters/Tyrone Siu

SINGAPORE - A hotly-anticipated air travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong has been delayed until next year, the cities' authorities said on Tuesday, due to a spike in coronavirus cases in Hong Kong.

The first flights between the two Asian financial hubs were called off a day before they were due to depart on Nov. 22. If they had gone ahead it would have been the first quarantine-free travel bubble in Asia.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement there would be a review in late December over when to proceed.

(Reporting by Chen Lin; Editing by Kim Coghill) ((LinChen1@thomsonreuters.com;))

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