Hong Kong Airlines operated its first flight on 14 December to Kumamoto, its fifth destination in Japan. The new route will operate twice-weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, using the airline’s A320s.
- Hong Kong Airlines has launched twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service on the 2,034-kilometre route between Hong Kong (HKG) and Kumamoto (KMJ) in Japan. The first flight took off on Monday 14 December. No other carrier connects these two airports with non-stop service. Mr. Stanley Kan, Director of Service Delivery of Hong Kong Airlines, said: “The Kumamoto route has received overwhelming response from the public and widespread popularity among travellers since its tickets were opened for sale. With increasing demand for travelling to Japan, we believe the new route will provide in-depth travellers with more flexible and diversified travel options in the Kyushu region through our “triangular service” between Hong Kong and Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto.” Hong Kong Airlines already serves four other destinations in Japan; Okinawa (14 times weekly), Sapporo (five times weekly), Kagoshima (thrice-weekly) and Miyazaki (twice-weekly). As a result of the latest route launch the carrier will now offer 26 weekly flights to Japan.