On 6 July the Governor of Kagawa Prefecture, Keizo Hamada (centre left), and Andrew Cowen, Director & CEO, HK Express (centre right), along with a group of VIPs, celebrated the launch of HK Express’ new route between Hong Kong and Takamatsu.
- HK Express launched not one, but two new routes to Japan during the last week using its fleet of A320s, of which it now has 14. On 6 July it initiated a thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays) service on the 2,363-kilometre route between Hong Kong (HKG) and Takamatsu (TAK). Andrew Cowen, Director and CEO of HK Express, said: “HK Express is thrilled to launch this route between Hong Kong and Takamatsu, which is the only direct service between Hong Kong and Takamatsu. It’s important to us to empower guests from Hong Kong and Japan to explore each other’s cities and share in cultural exchange. We hope our affordable fares and convenient schedules make it as easy as possible for HK Express passengers to go see the world.” Frequency is set to increase to four weekly flights from 2 September. On 11 July the LCC also began flights to Kagoshima (KOJ), operating four times weekly on the 1,967-kilometre route in competition with Hong Kong Airlines’ five weekly flights. HK Express now operates 85 flights per week from Hong Kong to a total of nine destinations in Japan representing almost exactly half of the LCC’s weekly flights. Its next biggest country markets are South Korea (28 weekly flights), China (19) and Thailand (15).