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Flight Bookings to Hong Kong Surge 249% After Quarantine Cut

  • Decision sparks jump in inbound travel plans: Trip.com data
  • Travelers still need to secure hotel room, face movement curbs
Designated taxis for Covid-19 patients and travelers heading into quarantine queue at Hong Kong International Airport on Aug. 8.

Designated taxis for Covid-19 patients and travelers heading into quarantine queue at Hong Kong International Airport on Aug. 8.

Photographer: Bertha Wang/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong’s decision to reduce the number of days arrivals must spend in hotel quarantine triggered an immediate surge in flight bookings to the city, said China’s largest travel online agency.

The number of bookings for flights to the financial hub increased 249% on Monday, the day the decision was announced, from a day earlier, according to data from Trip.com. Outbound flight orders rose 176% from the previous day, the data showed. Inbound bookings are mainly from places including Bangkok, London, Taipei, Singapore and Manchester, while those from Hong Kong mainly plan to fly to similar destinations, according to Trip.com.