Hong Kong Airlines Launches Direct Airbus A320 Flights To Japan’s Fukuoka: Hong Kong Airlines announced the launch of a new route connecting Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) with Fukuoka Airport (FUK) in Japan. The airline celebrated the inaugural flight’s departure from HKG and arrival at FUK with events attended by airline and airport executives, staff, and passengers.
The airline chose to open this direct route due to the high demand for travel between the two cities and hopes to see sustained demand as it expands operations following the pandemic.
Hong Kong Airlines sees this route as more than a simple connection between two cities but also as a gateway to Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island.
The airline plans to fly the route four times per week on an Airbus A320, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. If demand remains strong throughout the summer, the airline may increase the frequency of the flights.
The airline plans to offer flights to five destinations across Japan, including Okinawa, Osaka, Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Sapporo. Some of these destinations will receive increased weekly frequencies as demand continues to grow.
In recent months, Hong Kong Airlines has been working to expand operations beyond its home base in HKG, which has been severely impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions for the past few years.
With travel restrictions easing, the airline is finally able to expand its operations, and the new route between HKG and FUK is one of its newest and most promising ventures. Upon arrival at FUK, the plane was greeted with a water cannon salute while taxiing to its gate, and all passengers were presented with souvenir bags as a token of appreciation from the airline.