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Qantas restarts Hong Kong flights

Qantas is set to return to Hong Kong early next year.

Qantas has confirmed that it will be resuming flights with Hong Kong from January 30, 2023.

The flying kangaroo will be hopping back to the Asian hub following a three-year hiatus. The carrier stopped all flights to Hong Kong in February 2020 as Covid-19 took hold around the world.

Last month Hong Kong finally loosened its tight entrance restrictions by scrapping hotel quarantine and reducing testing requirements. The city has since seen an upsurge in flight demand as residents are able to travel quarantine-free for the first time in two years.

Qantas announced this week that it will be restarting its Sydney-Hong Kong route on January 30 with three flights a week, increasing to a daily service from February 27.

Daily flights between Hong Kong and Melbourne will restart from March 26.

British Airways announced last month that it too would be returning to Hong Kong, in December. However, British carrier Virgin Atlantic has cancelled its Hong Kong service blaming "operational complexities".

Airlines flying into Hong Kong have not had an easy ride over the last two years. Earlier this year, Hong Kong implemented a flight suspension mechanism whereby individual flights were banned from operating if they brought in more than a set number of infected passengers. And later in the year Russian airspace closed, adding around an hour to the London-Hong Kong route and almost two hours to the return service.

“Thank you for your support,” said the Qantas statement. “We look forward to welcoming our customers on board soon.”

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