Travel between Singapore and Hong Kong can resume again after both countries agreed to the Air Travel Bubble (ATB) which is set for May 26.
The ATB was initially suppose to start in November 2020 but was deferred after the worsening Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong.
Singapore Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung mentioned that he was happy with the Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong, which he described as “under controlled”, during virtual press conference.
The minister also said both countries need to be careful in order to launch the first flights successfully.
WATCH: Singapore and Hong Kong will start their travel bubble on May 26. There will be one flight a day in each direction, capped at 200 passengers per flight for the first two weeks.
— TODAY (@TODAYonline) April 26, 2021
In an immediate response, former deputy minister of International Trade & Industry (MITI) Ong Kian Ming tweeted, “And so it restarts… again…. all the best! This is something necessary. Hopefully can be ramped up as cases on both sides decrease.”
And so it restarts… again…. all the best! This is something necessary. Hopefully can be ramped up as cases on both sides decrease. https://t.co/1AS9xDYbyT
— Ong Kian Ming ?? (@imokman) April 26, 2021
The Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong has recently improved, recording on very few cases over the past few weeks.
It was reported that Singapore Airlines (SIA) welcomes the decision to start the ATB arrangement on May 26.
In a statement, the airline said that this would be an important milestone in the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. It would also helps to establish confidence in the safe resumption of international air travel with the necessary protocols in place.