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HK budget airline returns from UK
Oasis plane
Oasis has finally got off the ground
Hong Kong's first budget airline, Oasis, has completed its debut flight and round trip to the UK.

The flight from London Gatwick set off two hours late - but did better than the inaugural journey from Hong Kong, which was delayed by more than a day.

The late UK departure was due to knock-on effects from the previous problems, caused when Russia refused permission to use its airspace.

Oasis promises low-cost flights as well as in-flight services.

Seats in economy class cost from US$200 (112) including tax.

The airline also offers a business class, which it says is cheaper than economy on established airlines.

However, environmental groups have expressed concern about the trend of budget long-haul flights, and say that low-price fares do not reflect the true cost of the environmental damage they cause.

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