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*Coronavirus : BA Suspends all flts to mainland China* +discussion on long haul flts

Old Jan 26, 20, 6:00 am
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BA have cancelled all flights to PKX (Beijing/Peking) and PVG (Shanghai Pu Dong) "until 19 April 2020".

BA frequency to HKG has been reduced with effect from 13 February 2020 - see below for further details. From HKG, Cathay is running a heavily reduced schedule to mainland destinations until the end of March.

If you are due to fly to PKX, PVG and your flight is cancelled then you have refund, re-route and rebook options. BA can rebook on to several other airlines.
If you are due to fly to Hong Kong until 1st April you have refund and rebook options.
If you are transiting into mainland China you are also covered as above.
If you are transiting internationally (e.g. LHR-HKG-SYD) you are not able to move your flights, unless they are cancelled anyway.
The latest ba.com update was on 21 February 2020 at 1510.

More information on the advice of Her Majesty's Government about travel and health is on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

For the Special Administration Regions of Hong Kong and Macao:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hong-kong
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/macao

Summary from IATA of all travel restrictions due to Coronavirus as added to TIMATIC https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/int...1580226297.htm


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HKG frequency reductions (as of 1330 on 21 February 2020, all dates inclusive).

LHR-HKG

From Thu 13.02.2020 to Mon 01.06.2020: BA31 cancelled. BA27 operates (380).

Exceptions:-
  • Tue 18.02.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (777).
  • Tue 10.03.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (777).
  • Mon 27.04.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Tue 28.04.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Wed 29.04.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Thu 30.04.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Mon 11.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Tue 12.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Mon 18.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Tue 19.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Sun 24.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Mon 25.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Tue 26.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Mon 01.06.2020: BA31 cancelled. BA27 operates (777).
In addition, on Mon 08.06.2020: BA31 cancelled. BA27 operates (777).

HKG-LHR

From Fri 14.02.2020 to Tue 02.06.2020: BA32 cancelled. BA28 operates (380).

Exceptions:-
  • Wed 19.02.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (777).
  • Wed 11.03.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (777).
  • Sun 29.03.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Tue 28.04.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Wed 29.04.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Thu 30.04.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Fri 01.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Tue 12.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Wed 13.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Tue 19.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Wed 20.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Mon 25.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Tue 26.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Wed 27.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Tue 02.06.2020: BA32 cancelled. BA28 operates (777).
In addition, on Tue 09.06.2020: BA32 cancelled. BA28 operates (777).

Note: Schedule changes take effect on Sun 29.03.2020 in both directions.

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*Coronavirus : BA Suspends all flts to mainland China* +discussion on long haul flts

Old Jan 26, 20, 7:10 am
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So would this cover my connection in HKG to BNE all on a 125 ticket? Also have a layover on the way back in HKG so Iím assuming I would be able to change/reroute that on the way back?
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Old Jan 26, 20, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by aidy
So would this cover my connection in HKG to BNE all on a 125 ticket? Also have a layover on the way back in HKG so Iím assuming I would be able to change/reroute that on the way back?
I'm not sure it does actually. You have a ticket to Australia rather than China. I suspect if you asked nicely they would (e.g.) re-route you via SIN or KUL, but it depends on whether you are in prime or codeshare. The policy may evolve further over time. If booked via an OTA I wouldn't have high hopes on this.
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Old Jan 26, 20, 9:04 am
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Even if they layover is 40 hours? Itís an interesting one which I wasnít sure.

i made sure I booked in ba.com so longest flights on ba metal and other 2 ba codeshare
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Old Jan 26, 20, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by aidy
i made sure I booked in ba.com so longest flights on ba metal and other 2 ba codeshare
I am not certain, but the policy is going to be China centred however you look at it. I suspect that if you are extra charming to the Contact Centre staff and there is availability on BA codes via a sensible alternative route, they may be OK with redoing that. But if this was a policy for avoiding HKG transfers then it would have been written quite differently. The 40 hour aspect I imagine strengthens your position. If your intention is just to avoid HKG or to eliminate the stop to a next flight connection then hopefully they will be helpful. Beyond that I'm not sure.
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Old Jan 26, 20, 9:43 am
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I donít fly until July to China but still worrying as I will be with young kids.
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Old Jan 26, 20, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by chrisnasah
I donít fly until July to China but still worrying as I will be with young kids.
By the time July comes around it will either all be under control and you'll be quite safe in China or will be a global pandemic and you won't be safe anywhere.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 2:59 am
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Originally Posted by Misco60
By the time July comes around it will either all be under control and you'll be quite safe in China or will be a global pandemic and you won't be safe anywhere.
I am going to Shanghai in August and this is very much my view. There is no real point worrying about travel if it's many months away.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 3:43 am
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Take a Face Mask

We are in Macau currently.Some public transport use now requires you to wear a face mask. Somebody in HK may wish to update situation there.

Not easy when all shops are sold out!!!

Posted as a Public Service Announcement. LOL
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Old Jan 27, 20, 3:51 am
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Interestingly whilst BA/EK/EY/LH and plenty of others have now agreed rerouting or refunds, QR don't appear to have set out a position.

At the moment I'm sticking. The only concern I have is that my HKG-PVG return is a separate ticket, so if they stop people leaving PVG I could be scuppered. But such is life.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 3:54 am
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Originally Posted by Modo
We are in Macau currently.Some public transport use now requires you to wear a face mask. Somebody in HK may wish to update situation there.

Not easy when all shops are sold out!!!

Posted as a Public Service Announcement. LOL
For those not leaving the UK for a few days, eBay has plenty of N95/N99 masks for a few quid.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 3:58 am
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Originally Posted by KARFA
I am going to Shanghai in August and this is very much my view. There is no real point worrying about travel if it's many months away.
This is true, although the one caveat (speaking personally) is if a visa is required. Fingers crossed, I am off to China in May, but away for a lot of April so I need to make a call in early / mid March as I am not keen on paying visa fees if I ultimately do not travel.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 4:06 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404
For those not leaving the UK for a few days, eBay has plenty of N95/N99 masks for a few quid.
Thanks I suggest people please follow this advice.
We can get masks via Family as workers can get them mandatorily at pharmacys. But retail they are simply not easily available either in Manila yesterday or Macau today.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 4:12 am
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Originally Posted by sjc2679
This is true, although the one caveat (speaking personally) is if a visa is required. Fingers crossed, I am off to China in May, but away for a lot of April so I need to make a call in early / mid March as I am not keen on paying visa fees if I ultimately do not travel.
That's a good point. I have a multiple entry visa already valid until the end of 2021 so I must admit I didn't think of that.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 4:20 am
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Originally Posted by Wozza2404
Interestingly whilst BA/EK/EY/LH and plenty of others have now agreed rerouting or refunds.
Have BA agreed this? I was told they can rebook but they wouldn't change the flight origin away from HKG.
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Also since this is my first time in a situation like this, does this mean we still have to pay the fare difference and it's just the admin fees that are waived?

Flights have tripled in price since booking.
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Old Jan 27, 20, 4:38 am
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Originally Posted by pfofyen
Have BA agreed this? I was told they can rebook but they wouldn't change the flight origin away from HKG.
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Also since this is my first time in a situation like this, does this mean we still have to pay the fare difference and it's just the admin fees that are waived?

Flights have tripled in price since booking.
In the SARs case (most valid precedent), air fares and hotel rates dropped through the floor once people started booking away (change fees waived then too) in droves.
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