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Sunday 9 October 2022

Hong Kong planning to offer free flights

Hong Kong is considering dishing out 500,000 free airline tickets in a bad to fast-track its post-Covid tourism recovery.

Hong Kong has started easing some Covid curbs in recent weeks and the government is in discussions with airlines. It plans to launch the free ticket campaign once airlines build back their schedules, Travel Mole reported.

The plan - to be implemented in 2023 - could cost $389 million dollars (Aus). 

“The airport authority will finalise the arrangement with airlines," said said Dane Cheng, executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

"Once the government announces it will remove all Covid-19 restrictions for inbound travellers, we’ll roll out the advertising campaigns for the free tickets."

One airline that will not be involved is Virgin Atlantic, which announced this week it will cease flying to Hong Kong after serving the city for 30 years.

Until recently Hong Kong had some of the world's toughest rules as it followed China's Covid policies

But it has now dropped hotel quarantine and the requirement for a negative pre-travel Covid test.

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