travel to and from Hong Kong Easier now that hotel quarantine is over. It is also more expensive. Too expensive. A business class ticket between Hong Kong and Los Angeles excluding Friday and returning on 7 October costs HK$102,270 ($13,029) on Monday with Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, the only carrier offering nonstop service in the wake of the pandemic . This is more than double the fare of HK$44,499 for the same flight next year. The price dropped to around HK$76,000 on Tuesday morning.
Flight-booking websites have been changed after the eagerly awaited Hong Kong Decision to end mandatory hotel quarantine, which was up to 21 days for months during the pandemic – a major barrier to travel. The trouble is that airlines can’t scale back capacity and rebalance schedules too quickly.
Economy tickets to London Heathrow were listed on Cathay’s website on Monday for HK$28,899, four times the cost of the same flight the following year. Business class fares in the UK capital and New York were close to six digits. (Also read: Hong Kong prepares for surge in tourism after easing of COVID restrictions,
with the public holiday in hong kong Shorter flights became even more expensive in the coming days, presenting the occasion of a rare long weekend on October 4. Return to business class in Singapore, which is hosting the Formula One Grand Prix this weekend, costs HK$38,800 on Singapore Airlines Ltd., more than double the lowest price for the same ticket next year.
Online travel agency Trip.com said on Monday that outbound bookings made on September 24-25 jumped 400% from the previous weekend, with flights orders to Osaka in Japan up 7,300%. Inbound bookings in Hong Kong climbed 155%.
Flight orders from Hong Kong Leap 400%; Up to 7,300% in Osaka
The co-founder of Cloak Travel Technology Ltd said on Bloomberg television that Japan is Hong Kong’s most popular destination. On Monday, the cheapest nonstop, roundtrip ticket to Tokyo came from Japan Airlines Co at HK$7,878 in economy and HK$18,818 in business. Cathay unit HK Airlines returned to Osaka for HK$6,156 in economy and HK$10,710 in business.
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