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Airlines hesitate to revive Hong Kong flights

Former top international hub set to see few routes revived through June

Hong Kong trails far behind Singapore in resuming international flight services.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's tentative steps to loosen restrictions on travelers and airlines have yet to translate into a significant restoration of the financial center's global connections even as the traditional summer holiday season nears, according to a flight-schedule analysis by Nikkei Asia.

Until the COVID pandemic, Hong Kong was Asia's top air hub for international passenger traffic. In 2019, 71.54 million people traveled between Hong Kong and 220 cities in China and overseas, according to airport data. On average, 484 passenger flights landed each day.

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