As five passengers have been found with positive test of coronavirus, Cathay Dragon has been banned to operate flights from Kuala Lampur for the period of two weeks.

All passengers were on the Cathay Dragon flight from Kuala Lampur on 18 September. According to carrier, they were travelling from India with Air India Express.

The affected aircraft that operated the flight has been sent for deep cleaning, says the carrier, which is in the process of contacting all passengers who may have been in close contact with the infected passengers.

India is the second country with the biggest number (at 5.3 million and rising) of coronavirus cases in the world.

After all, Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department has banned the Cathay Dragon from operating flights between Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong for a period of two weeks, effective immediately.

This prohibition was a real shock for Cathay Dragon’s plans for service resumption. The carrier claims it was due to operate thrice-weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur. Both Cathay Dragon and parent Cathay Pacific had a huge fluctuation in the demand for flights because of COVID-19.

Indian flag carrier Air India also faced difficulties from Hong Kong authorities, after it was reported to have carried six passengers on board a flight from Delhi who tested positive for the virus.

It was the second ban in recent months that Air India has received from Hong Kong as it was found to have carried 11 passengers who tested positive in August.