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British Airways resumes flights to Tokyo and Hong Kong

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Finally …. with covid restrictions now reduced in both countries, British Airways is reinstating flights to Japan and Hong Kong.

The only downside is that these are not technically ‘new’ flights and so there has not been a huge opening up of Avios availability today.

British Airways flights return to Tokyo, Japan

British Airways returns to Japan

The first Tokyo flight since November 2021 will depart for Tokyo Haneda on 13th November.

Flights will operate daily from then on.

…. and Hong Kong

The first Hong Kong flight since December 2021 will depart on 5th December 2022.

There will be four flights per week until 18th December, at which point a daily service will resume.

British Airways flights return to Hong Kong

Before rushing to book, it is important to look at the new covid rules, whilst remembering that things could well change again by the time you fly.

The news on Japan is very positive. It appears, subject to any small print, that anyone who is triple-jabbed will be able to enter the country with no restrictions.

From 11th October, tourists will be able to visit the country without a visa, will not need to go through a travel agency and will not be impacted by a daily cap on arrivals.

The new Hong Kong rules are less clear cut. Whilst mandatory hotel quarantine is being removed from 26th September, visitors will still be subject to multiple rounds of testing during their stay and will be banned from bars and restaurants for the first three days. It certainly isn’t ‘business as usual’ just yet.

Looking for Avios seats?

In terms of Avios availability, there has NOT been a seat dump today. This is because these flights had already been loaded, and then suspended, earlier and the guaranteed 14 Avios seats per flight were taken at that time.

There are seats available on selected dates, of course, but it isn’t ‘all flights, all days’ as it would be if this was a new route announcement.

The situation will improve if additional flights are added, as these will represent ‘new’ services and we will see every flight available for redemption.

Comments (51)

  • Rob says:

    Is there any chance we might see seats released/additional flights from ANA? JAL doesn’t seem a viable option anymore since they skyrocketed the surcharges.

    • meta says:

      ANA also has same surcharges, it’s new government taxes, nothing to do with airlines. It’s not bad with JAL. It’s certainly much less than BA.

  • RJ says:

    Any word from Virgin about an earlier resumption of their flights to HKG, given they had postponed til March 2023?

  • Chris says:

    BA flights to Japan are scheduled to take 2 hours longer due to not using Russian airspace.

    • Alex G says:

      More time to enjoy business class then.

      The flights will be interesting from an Av Geek point of view as you will circumnavigate the earth, flying back over Alaska. Eastbound all the way.

  • Simon says:

    Can’t see HK ever being the tourist destination it once was. So sad. The FS there is amongst my top 3 hotels ever.

  • the_real_a says:

    I had forgotten Covid was still a thing. I think i`ll sit out foreign travel until next year. Very much enjoying driving/city holidays in the UK right now. Plenty of decent value hotels to mop up points. The UK as a holiday destination outside of London is very underrated.

    • Mike Hunt says:

      +1. Trying a driving holiday in the Scottish Highlands and Islands if you haven’t done so already – it is amazing (and amazing value too)

      • Ladyshopper says:

        We did that last year (end of August). Had a fantastic time, and were very lucky with the weather too.

    • Harry T says:

      No harm in enjoying the UK, but I will say that the vast majority of popular tourist destinations abroad are now open to visitors with very minimal or no restrictions or impediments.

  • Tom says:

    Finally can do the 2 week Japan tour I paid for 3 years ago. Was lucky enough to grab avios CW seats using the seat scanner thing a few months ago, took the gamble they’d open up shortly – thanks Rob!

  • H says:

    I’d like to book Avios flights to and from Tokyo as soon as they’re released to make sure I get them, but preference would be BA out and ANA back using Virgin points.
    But the 355/331 days reward seats release complicating things.
    If I book BA return and there’s then ANA availability for the return date, how do I cancel only the Inbound BA tickets?

  • YY says:

    When will add seat to HND and HKG?

    • Rob says:

      There won’t be extra Avios seats added because these are not ‘new’ flights. Cash seats are already bookable.

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