The expansion of Hong Kong Airlines across Japan continues, with the announcement of a new four-times weekly service connecting Hong Kong and Nagoya from 8 July 2023.
Following the launch of the Fukuoka service in April and the additional flights to other resumed destinations in Japan, the service to Nagoya represents Hong Kong Airlines continued efforts to provide travellers more options to explore the country.
Japan summer travel demand
Nagoya is the capital city of Aichi Prefecture and home to 2.3 million people. As the transportation hub of Japan, it is an important gateway for travellers to easily connect to different popular attractions.
From the magnificent Nagoya Castle, which has a significant place in Japanese history, to the scenic countryside of Shirakawagō, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses.
Nagoya is an excellent destination for those looking to experience the rich history and vibrant culture of Japan.
Hong Kong Airlines continues to optimise its flight operations to meet the increasing demand for summer travel between Hong Kong and Japan.
In addition to the two daily flights to Osaka and Okinawa, and three weekly flights to Sapporo; flights to Tokyo (Narita) will be increased to three times daily from June, while flights to Fukuoka and Nagoya will become daily from June and August respectively.
About Hong Kong Airlines
Hong Kong Airlines is a privately owned airline based in Hong Kong. It was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Tung Chung, Hong Kong. The airline’s main hub is Hong Kong International Airport.
It operates a fleet of Airbus A320neo, Airbus A330neo, and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline offers flights to over 25 destinations in Asia, Europe, and North America.
The carrier is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. This alliance allows Hong Kong Airlines passengers to earn and redeem miles on flights operated by other SkyTeam airlines.
the airline has been awarded a number of awards, including the Skytrax award for “Best Regional Airline in Asia” in 2018.
Recovery in the post-pandemic era
Hong Kong Airlines has been one of the hardest hit airlines by the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline’s passenger traffic fell by 97% in 2020, and it was forced to ground a significant portion of its fleet. The airline also lost money in 2020, and it was forced to seek government assistance.
In 2021, the carrier’s passenger traffic began to recover, but it was still well below pre-pandemic levels. The airline also continued to lose money in 2021.
Last month, the airline announced that a strategic investment fund has been secured for its restructuring to take effect, thereby expediting its business recovery and returning to a healthy growth trajectory.
Hong Kong Airlines Chairman Mr. Hou Wei acknowledged the three challenging years experienced by the airline during the difficult pandemic. He stated:
“In the year ahead, our focus remains on business recovery, supported by strategic route planning and fleet realignment. The company will strive to offer our customers more choices and top-notch service, strengthening our role in developing Hong Kong as a world-class aviation hub.”