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September 2, 2022

Hong Kong airport trial runs traffic surge in sign of restriction relaxation

The authorities replicated 1,000 passengers landing within a 30-minute timeframe at the hub.

A trial run of a major influx in passenger arrivals has been carried out at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), reported Bloomberg.

According to a government statement, the authorities replicated 1,000 passengers landing within a 30-minute timeframe at the hub to stress test the “ability of the current quarantine and testing processes.”

The airport has been designed to manage 6,200 arrivals per hour normally, revealed the city’s aviation watchdog.

The statement revealed that passengers of different ages with incomplete documents and who tested Covid positive were included in the trial, and the exercise was completed ‘smoothly.’

According to the government, the passenger footfall simulated was around two-fold than that recorded in existing peak periods.

RAT, PCR Covid tests and a range of documents have to be submitted by arrivals at the airport. These documents should be in line with the government’s pandemic entry requirements and complete normal immigration and customs procedures.

The trial run for increased traffic indicates that the government is looking to ease border restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hong Kong CEO John Lee plans to remove hotel quarantine before a series of crucial events, as well as intends to facilitate “maximum connectivity” between the isolated financial hub and the remaining world.

Cathay Pacific Airways, the city’s largest airline, aims to ramp up its passenger operations to around 25% of pre-Covid levels by the end of this year.

In January, Airport Authority Hong Kong unveiled plans to raise up to $4bn (HK$31.2bn) in a multi-tranche dollar bond offering.

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