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Ready for takeoff: Virus-bound Hong Kongers eye flights to anywhere

City residents scramble for tickets after years of strict COVID curbs

Travelers await check-in at Hong Kong International Airport. The global financial hub was largely isolated during the pandemic.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- When Mandy Cheng heard that Hong Kong was cutting its unpopular hotel quarantine to just three days, she scrambled to buy tickets for her first trip outside the financial hub in over two years.

The new college graduate is among scores of travel-hungry residents desperate to jump on a flight after being marooned in Hong Kong since 2020 owing to some of the world's strictest COVID curbs -- including a now-scrapped three-week quarantine for anyone returning to the city from abroad.

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