HK Express launched flights between Hong Kong and Nagasaki on 19 January. Among those at the opening ceremony in Japan promoting the low-cost fares, were Hidenori Tashiro, Policy Manager of the International Department of Tourism, and Jonathan Hutt, Commercial Director, HK Express. The route will operate three times weekly using A320s.
- HK Express launched its newest route from Hong Kong (HKG) on 19 January, the day in which it began its latest Japanese link, a three times weekly service to Nagasaki (NGS). The airline will operate the 1,963-kilometre route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays using its fleet of A320s, of which it currently has 13 in operation, including five neo variants. It becomes the only carrier to offer non-stop services on the city pair. With this launch, it means that the LCC now serves 11 destinations in Japan from Hong Kong, accounting for 125 weekly departures from the Asian hub. Along with Nagasaki, the airline serves Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Ishigaki, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Nagoya, Osaka Kansai, Takamatsu, plus Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports. In 2017, Nagasaki Airport handled just under 3.17 million passengers according to data from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, with this representing a growth rate of 6.7% versus the 2.97 million passengers that flew from the airport in 2016, based on the same source.