Senior reporter, Hong Kong
Danny was the Post's specialist reporter on the aviation beat from 2016-2022.
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Residents will have to pay more for bus rides and face higher electricity bills, while McDonald’s will raise prices by HK$1 for its major offerings including à la carte and set meals.
Woman who dined at Moon Palace where Omicron cluster has emerged is listed as suspected Covid-19 case; Cathay Pacific sacks two employees for flouting isolation orders.
Trade body chief says it is inevitable consumers will bear the brunt of food and product shortages, especially seafood and vegetables, over the next few weeks.
In an internal memo obtained by the Post, the airline said the new quarantine requirement would come into effect after midnight.
Cathay Pacific is at risk of widespread flight cancellations in coming days, as it is unable to secure enough hotel rooms to meet new quarantine rules.
The tightening of rules for the previously exempt personnel came after two crew members were found to have flouted home isolation rules before testing positive.
Of the 25 cases, nine are from Britain and flew on a Cathay Pacific flight on December 23. The infections have resulted in bans on certain routes operated by Cathay, Korean Air and Emirates Airlines.
Covid-19 pandemic, social unrest in Hong Kong has cut off vendors from profitable trade by tourists.
Pilots will not be allowed out for exercise, food or other errands – Cathay says it has to ‘keep dodging the bullets’ from the ‘endless’ challenges.
From Friday, Cathay’s Heathrow passengers can only board Hong Kong flights if they test Covid-19 negative within 24 hours of departure – halving the time demanded by officials.
The 36-year-old, exempt from typical quarantine restrictions, was allowed to leave his home and travel within the city for two days before testing positive.
Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al Baker tells Post he believed a significant percentage of Cathay flights would have been back in the air by this stage of the pandemic.
However, the positive development on the long-awaited reopening came as the city uncovered what may prove to be its first case of the highly transmissible Omicron variant in the local community.
Thirteen people injured, while many others were trapped for as long as two hours while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
Blaze at the World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay broke out at about 12.30pm in an electrical switch room, before spreading to scaffolding.
In addition to affecting at least 21 Qatar Airlines planes, the issues with the surface finish are said to also extend to other carriers, including Cathay Pacific.
The airline’s efforts to comply with government rules include requesting records of the time Cathay staff enter and leave hotel rooms, according to a leaked email.
Officials confirm city residents returning from the US will have to quarantine for the first seven days at Penny’s Bay before completing the remaining two weeks at designated hotel.
World’s largest airline slashes several international services, blaming Boeing for not delivering new aircraft.
Air hub reached 2035 midpoint target of 55 per cent slash in emissions last year due to pandemic.
Embattled flag carrier asks for volunteers for four-month stints in California as it struggles to stem flight cancellations, pilot resignations.
Both nations have confirmed their first cases of the variant, prompting Hong Kong to toughen quarantine rules for its residents returning from the countries.
Airline’s move comes as tighter government measures for aircrew quarantine loom.
City also moves five more countries to Group A high-risk list over fears of Omicron variant.
The move is just the latest to pile pressure on Cathay Pacific, which rushed staff members home before midnight last night ahead of potential new quarantine rules.
Cathay’s passenger capacity is sitting at 7 per cent of normal levels this year, while competitors globally are running closer to 70 per cent, the airline’s data shows.
Frenzy to extend hotel quarantine bookings, as countries get bumped up to high-risk category, follows city’s announcement of tougher measures in response to Omicron variant.
Two separate sources say British flag carrier took decision after one crew member tested positive for Covid-19 at Hong Kong airport, resulting in most of flight staff being sent to quarantine camp.
Fresh display featuring personal memorabilia entirely new to a Hong Kong audience opens on Sunday in Sha Tin.
Non-Hong Kong residents barred from entering the city from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe; city residents must undergo three weeks of quarantine.