LONDON – Hong Kong based airline, Hong Kong Airlines, have just recently announced a new service to the Beijing Daxing airport in China, commencing March 15.
In launching this service, Hong Kong Airlines becomes the first Hong Kong local airline to service this route, as well as operating to two airports in Beijing.
The new route
Hong Kong Airlines will now be able to be seen at two Beijing airports, as the airline now plans to additionally serve Beijing Daxing with a four time weekly frequency from next month.
The Hong Kong based carrier already operates to the Beijing Capital Int’l Airport (PEK), and the second route to Beijing Daxing (PKX), will make the carrier the first Hong Kong local carrier to launch this route, and the first one to operate to two Beijing airports.
Daxing Airport is the second international airport of Beijing along with Beijing Capital International Airport, and currently has four runways in service.
Acting as an important hub for connections, the airport connects the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei areas.
The flights are as mentioned, scheduled to fly four times per week. They will operate under the flight numbers of HK308 and HK309, with the time table being as follows with all times being local:
|Hong Kong – Beijing Daxing||HX308||09:35||12:55||Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun|
|Beijing Daxing – Hong Kong||HX309||13:55||17:35|
* Flight number and schedule may change without prior notice
Proud to be first
With the airline being the first local Hong Kong carrier to provide service to both Beijing airports, and with the Chinese borders opening up, the new route will support increasing travel demand.
In their recent announcement, the airline states the following:
“Hong Kong Airlines is delighted to be the first Hong Kong local airline to provide service to Beijing Daxing International Airport as well as to operate in both two international airports in Beijing.”
“Following the relaxation of travel restrictions in China and worldwide, more flights are set to be resumed to meet the increased demand for international transit traffic as well as local travel.”
“Launching direct flight service to Daxing International Airport will provide customers with more flexible travel options.”
Members get rebate for a limited time
With the ticket reservations now open at Hong Kong Airlines’ website, the Fortune Wings Club members will be invited to redeem award fares in economy class on the new Beijing Daxing route, to get a 50% award travel back on the points used.
The redemption period is to last from the announcement day, to 31 March 2023, for travel dates between March 15 and April 30, 2023.
Pre-pandemic levels by 2024
With the Chinese borders reopening, Hong Kong Airlines will be looking to recruit up to one thousand new staff during 2023, in a bid to meet the increased demand the airline has seen since the reopening.
Some borders in the Asia region have been closed for up to one thousand days, crippling what was once a thriving air travel economy.
Hong Kong based airlines can expect to be busy, with media in Hong Kong reporting that approximately 300,000 travel bookings have been made between the southern city and mainland China since flights between the two resumed.
Many travel movements involved the reuniting of families and friends that have not seen one another for close to three years.
In January, the carrier planned to increase operations throughout the month to regional destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, Sapporo, Seoul, Bangkok, Manila,Hanoi, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu and Haikou.
This represents 50% of the operational level the airline was at prior to the pandemic.
The carrier plans to be at 75% of its pre-Covid flight levels by the end of 2023, with 100% resumption of operations during the middle of 2024.