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You can buy a flight from Hong Kong to New York for $201. The catch? You have to stop in Wuhan for 6 hours.

2020-01-31 10:32:35

Airbus A380 China Southern
Airbus A380 China Southern

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A Chinese airline is offering travelers a rare deal — a flight from Hong Kong to New York for $200.

But there’s a catch: you have to stop off in the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus sweeping the globe.

A flight is available from the budget China Southern airline for just $201 if booked to fly on May 20 this year, Business Insider found Friday morning New York time.

The offer was first reported by Bloomberg, which reported finding an even cheaper flight for $193.

Cheap Hong Kong flight
Cheap Hong Kong flight

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The flight, from Hong Kong International Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport departs at 11:25 a.m. local time, arriving in New York 23 hours and five minutes later at 10:30 p.m. the same day.

Hong Kong and New York have a 13-hour time difference.

The journey comprises a roughly two-hour flight from Hong Kong to Wuhan, followed by a six-hour layover in Wuhan, and finally around 14 hours from Wuhan to New York.

Direct flights from Hong Kong to New York on the same day are significantly more expensive, with non-stop Cathay Pacific flights listed on Kayak for around $1,200.

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courier wuhan

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Wuhan is currently quarantined from the rest of China to prevent further outbreak of the coronavirus that has spread rapidly across the world.

The virus, officially known as 2019-nCoV, spreads from human to human, and has since infected some people who had not traveled to Wuhan recently.

It has now spread to at least 20 countries worldwide. The vast majority of cases are in China, with almost 10,000 people in the country infected, and over 200 dead.

Read the original article on Business Insider


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