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Hong Kong ditches flight suspensions in latest COVID-easing move

Business groups applaud decision, call for end to mandatory hotel quarantines

Hong Kong's air traffic has plunged in the wake of the pandemic, while mandatory hotel quarantines for visitors have stifled demand for business travel.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong business groups and the city's flagship airline, Cathay Pacific, on Thursday welcomed the authorities' move to ditch a temporary ban on flights if they were found to be carrying virus-infected passengers.

The policy, which led to more than 100 bans on routes so far this year, sparked chaos as residents were stranded overseas and put a damper on business travel, which was aggravated by mandatory hotel quarantines in Hong Kong.

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