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What is the future of Hong Kong in the Unitedís Asia Route Network? Alternatives?

What is the future of Hong Kong in the Unitedís Asia Route Network? Alternatives?

Old Sep 23, 22, 7:02 am
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Hong Kong has announced eliminating quarantine upon arrival and scrap the pre-arrival PCR test (RAP instead) starting Monday September 26.

https://www.thestandard.com.hk/break...ated-residents

Now, let's see how long it will take UA to restart its service to HK from SFO. Hope soon than later.
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Old Sep 23, 22, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
Hong Kong has announced eliminating quarantine upon arrival and scrap the pre-arrival PCR test (RAP instead) starting Monday September 26.

https://www.thestandard.com.hk/break...ated-residents

Now, let's see how long it will take UA to restart its service to HK from SFO. Hope soon than later.
Note that four PCR tests are required upon and after arrival.

This is good news for HK residents who are going abroad, for people going to HK to visit friends/family, and for people who have to go to HK for business. But probably few people outside those categories will be returning to HK until a further lifting of restrictions.
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Old Sep 23, 22, 7:54 am
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
Now, let's see how long it will take UA to restart its service to HK from SFO. Hope soon than later.
It all depends on what happens to crew members should they test positive during their layover.
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Old Sep 23, 22, 2:53 pm
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Looking forward to the return of HKG flights. Hopefully the Jan 4 SFO-HKG will be moved up earlier.
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Old Sep 23, 22, 3:09 pm
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Originally Posted by dw View Post
Note that four PCR tests are required upon and after arrival.

This is good news for HK residents who are going abroad, for people going to HK to visit friends/family, and for people who have to go to HK for business. But probably few people outside those categories will be returning to HK until a further lifting of restrictions.
We used to do trade shows in HK, and loved visiting, but won't be going back even after the restrictions are gone. The business climate has permanently changed for the worst.
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Old Sep 23, 22, 3:16 pm
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Originally Posted by zombietooth View Post
We used to do trade shows in HK, and loved visiting, but won't be going back even after the restrictions are gone. The business climate has permanently changed for the worst.
Not just the business climate.
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Old Sep 23, 22, 3:38 pm
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
Hong Kong has announced eliminating quarantine upon arrival and scrap the pre-arrival PCR test (RAP instead) starting Monday September 26.

https://www.thestandard.com.hk/break...ated-residents

Now, let's see how long it will take UA to restart its service to HK from SFO. Hope soon than later.
Still way to many hoops to jump thru for UA to even think about restarts.
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Old Sep 23, 22, 3:56 pm
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Originally Posted by HkCaGu View Post
It all depends on what happens to crew members should they test positive during their layover.
Not just crewÖ but everyone. If one possibility is being sent to Pennyís Bay for a week, donít think any foreigners will go for strictly leisure purposes (ie not visiting family).

Truth is, a lot of leisure travelers (myself included) wonít go anywhere where an on arrival PCR test is required. I used to go to HK every year on vacation as a stopoverÖ finally returned to Asia this summer for the first time since COVID and ended up going to Thailand due to all testing requirements being lifted.
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Old Sep 23, 22, 4:28 pm
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
Hong Kong has announced eliminating quarantine upon arrival and scrap the pre-arrival PCR test (RAP instead) starting Monday September 26.

https://www.thestandard.com.hk/break...ated-residents

Now, let's see how long it will take UA to restart its service to HK from SFO. Hope soon than later.
Yes!

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Not just crewÖ but everyone. If one possibility is being sent to Pennyís Bay for a week, donít think any foreigners will go for strictly leisure purposes (ie not visiting family).

Truth is, a lot of leisure travelers (myself included) wonít go anywhere where an on arrival PCR test is required. I used to go to HK every year on vacation as a stopoverÖ finally returned to Asia this summer for the first time since COVID and ended up going to Thailand due to all testing requirements being lifted.
​​​​​​​I agree, but I think this is a big step forward.
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Old Sep 23, 22, 4:39 pm
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Originally Posted by lsquare View Post
I agree, but I think this is a big step forward.
It's a huge step forward as it now makes it possible at least to contemplate visiting my son who's living there. However, it will take more for me to do anything other than contemplate a visit!

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Old Sep 24, 22, 6:18 am
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if UA can sustain a daily flight to Taipei during 2 1/2 years of Covid travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in Taiwan (recently also eliminated), I see no reason why UA cannot make a business case for one daily flight to SFO after HK doing away with the quarantine.
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Old Sep 24, 22, 7:44 am
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Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
if UA can sustain a daily flight to Taipei during 2 1/2 years of Covid travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in Taiwan (recently also eliminated), I see no reason why UA cannot make a business case for one daily flight to SFO after HK doing away with the quarantine.
I think it's mainly because the cargo contract alone is enough to sustain the route. On top of that, EVA have had extremely inflexible refund/change policy that led many people to book UA instead, given the stable flight schedule and reasonable pricing (S and R often wide open). SFO-TPE are very full on certain days of week and PP are often oversold.
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Old Sep 24, 22, 4:13 pm
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As far as I can see here is why I don't see the floodgates opening for visitors to HK:

Pre Arrival: Rapid Test
Arrival : PCR upon arrival

First 3 Days restricted movement, can go to grocery stores etc but not allowed in bars & restaurants.

Day 1: Rapid
Day 2: Rapid + PCR
Day 3: Rapid
Day 4: Rapid + PCR
Day 5: Rapid
Day 6: Rapid + PCR
Day 7: Rapid

If all clear at day 7 free movement. That's 12 tests.....
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Old Sep 24, 22, 5:22 pm
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Aren't the tests free and easy?
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Old Sep 24, 22, 5:45 pm
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
Aren't the tests free and easy?
Even if they are, theyíre competing with places that wonít have any tests at all.

And itís only partially about the tests. Itís also about the consequences of a potential positive test.
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