"The Singapore and Hong Kong health authorities are in close contact and monitoring the situation". Originally, only people landing in Hong Kong were to be required to be tested.
"We will review within two weeks on the new launch date and update again", he wrote.
"Consequently, the airline's Delhi-Hong Kong flights have been banned till December 3", the official added.
The CAAS also said that the newly-added on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test will cost 196 Singapore dollars (about $145.89) per traveler, but Singapore will exempt travelers arriving in the first week from paying for the test, so as to give travelers under the ATB time to adjust to this change.
The air travel bubble will be suspended if the seven-day moving average of unlinked virus cases exceeds five per day.
Moreover, all global passengers are required to undergo a post-flight COVID-19 test at the Hong Kong airport.
In a statement, Singapore Airlines said it supports the postponement decision.
Customers who no longer wish to travel due to the deferment of the air travel bubble may request for a full refund of the unused portion of their ticket and have the cancellation fees waived. Previously, Vistara was also banned by Hong Kong for the same reason. "But there's a high chance if Hong Kong continues to have tens of cases with a fair number of unlinked cases, it may be suspended", the channel quoted Mr. Ong as saying.
As per the notification released by the Hong Kong government in July, all the passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong only if they have a COVID-19 negative certificate from a test done within 72 hours prior to the journey. "But in the light of the recent upsurge of local cases, we have decided together with Singapore government that we would defer the launching of the Air Travel bubble by two weeks".
"Prevailing border measures - a seven-day Stay-Home Notice in the case of travellers from Hong Kong - will then apply upon entry into Singapore", the CAAS said.