Hong Kong budget carrier joins 'flights to nowhere' trend

Hong Kong’s budget carrier HK Express joined airlines offering “flight to nowhere” on Thursday with an inaugural journey filled with media and influencers, sparking criticism from environmentalists.The low-cost airliner, now wholly-owned by Cathay Pacific, has been grounded for months because of the coronavirus pandemic.A preview flight carrying around 110 passengers took off on Thursday afternoon, circled Hong Kong and returned 90 minutes later.With the aviation industry in deep crisis, several carriers — including in Australia, Japan and Taiwan — have been offering short flights that start…

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