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Air Canada reroutes Hong Kong flights via Seoul to avoid flight ban

09/15/2021| 3:03:55 PM|

The decision comes as a result of some of its crew members being detained upon arrival in Hong Kong.

Air Canada has decided to re-route its Hong Kong-bound flights via the South Korean capital of Seoul. The decision comes after some of the airline’s crew have had to quarantine in Hong Kong following a reported positive coronavirus test. Such action may see the carrier avoid a flight ban in Hong Kong, which other airlines have already been subjected to.

Air Canada’s decision to re-route its Hong Kong-bound flights to Seoul reportedly comes as a result of some of its crew members being detained upon arrival in Hong Kong. Specifically, the Toronto Sun reports that this came about after a pilot from an Air Canada flight, which had four crew members onboard, tested positive for coronavirus.

According to an Air Canada spokesperson, the pilot in question was asymptomatic throughout the flight. This could raise suspicions regarding the legitimacy of his alledged positive test. Air Canada stated in a memo that it is “working with all stakeholders, including the Canadian government, to facilitate an expeditious return of this crew to Canada.”

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