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Tours of Hong Kong From Above Just Might Keep Airline Going

By Anniek Bao / Oct 14, 2020 10:25 AM / Business & Tech

Photo: IC

Photo: IC

It’s a flight to nowhere, but good luck getting a ticket.

Frustrated at no longer being able to leave their city because of the pandemic, people in Hong Kong are looking for different ways to scratch their “travel itch”. Now they are rushing to book round-trip flights, but with no stop on the way. Yes, a flight that lands in the same place as it takes off.

A slew of airline companies have come up with the initiative of providing “flights to nowhere”. Following airlines in Taiwan, Japan and Australia, Hong Kong Express will take flight with three planes at Hong Kong airport next month, hovering over the city before landing back at the same airport.

It is a desperate move for airlines to pocket some cash while travel business has shrunk to a minimum as most borders remain closed and domestic travel restrictions stay in place.

But not everyone likes the idea of scenic flights. Singapore Airlines had to cancel similar flights, after they spurred a fierce outcry from local green groups, one of which attacked them for providing “carbon-intensive travel for no good reason”.

Read the full story on Caixin Global here.

Contact editor Marcus Ryder (marcusryder@caixin.com)

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