Budget route to Hong Kong opens
By Tom Chesshyre
IT’S Hong Kong for a song: the former British colony is about to get its first budget flights from Europe.
Tickets to Hong Kong costing £150 return, plus an estimated £106 in taxes, will be available from mid-October on a new airline called Oasis Hong Kong Airlines.
The airline, which says it is “opening up the Orient” to “budget-conscious travellers”, is accepting registrations from passengers on its website before tickets go on sale in September.
Oasis, which is owned by Hong Kong investors, has two Boeing 747-400s with 359 seats, including 81 “luxury business” seats. On each 12-hour non-stop flight from Gatwick, 10 per cent of seats will be available at £150.
Traditionally, airlines have struggled to make the budget airline business model work on long-haul routes. However, Oasis hopes to overcome this with the extra revenue it hopes to make from its business cabin.
A spokeswoman said: “Oasis will offer low-fare travel with the same comfort and service you would expect from any airline.” The airline believes that people will fly to Hong Kong to go Christmas shopping now that fares have dropped.