Cathay Pacific Airways, one of Asia’s largest international carriers, said it will honour its ticketing blunder that saw $16,000 flights on sale for $675.

The ticketing error listed business and first-class flights from Vietnam to New York for the price of the economy class fare.

After discovering their blunder, the Hong Kong-based carrier tweeted on Wednesday: “Happy 2019 all, and to those who bought our good – VERY good surprise ‘special’ on New Year’s Day, yes – we made a mistake, but we look forward to welcoming you onboard with your ticket issued. Hope this will make your 2019 ‘special’ too!”

The flight offer was picked up on New Year’s Eve by Gary Leff, a travel blogger, who wrote: “Oh my goodness this is an amazing fare.

“You can fly from Vietnam – the cheapest fares originate in Da Nang, but other cities work as well – to Cathay Pacific’s US gateways starting at $675.”

The South China Morning Post found 11 passengers who collectively bought 18 first and business-class tickets at the discounted prices, paying a total of £21,700 for flights that should have cost £540,000.

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