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Hong Kong Airlines Launches Flights To Phuket To Take Advantage Of Growing Demand

From mid-June, the new service will run four times per week. 

While the city is completely open for travel, Hong Kong Airlines is trying to expand its flight capacity to keep up with the growing demand.

A new route from Hong Kong and Phuket will begin on June 16th, 2023, according to the carrier’s announcement today. Together with resumed service to Bali and Shanghai, the service commences on April 7th and joins the recently added route to Fukuoka. 

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The new route is a component of a larger strategy by Hong Kong Airlines to improve and increase connectivity between Hong Kong and nearby locations.

The airline seeks to provide regional travelers with a variety of travel options in the point-to-point and connecting sectors. Prior to the route’s opening in June, the new flight schedules between Phuket (HKT) and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) are given below but are subject to change. 

Route 

Departure 

Arrival 

Frequency 

the HKT-HKG 

HX741 

20:20 

23:05 

Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sun 

KTL – HKG 

HX742 

00:05 

04:50 

Mon, Tue, Thu, and Sat 

The flights will be operated by Hong Kong Airlines using their fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. For the airline, the narrowbody is available in both a mixed cabin and an all-economy version. For a total of 152 people, the two-class airplane has eight business class seats and 144 economy seats. The 174 passenger single-class version has an average seat pitch of 29 to 30 inches. 

Phuket: Why? 

Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is a popular tourist destination. The island is situated on the Indian Ocean coast of southern Thailand, close to the Andaman Sea. It continues to be one of the most well-liked places for leisure tourism in the nation. The region is renowned for its variety of experiences, which include surfing on white sand beaches, the local culture in the old town, and sandy beaches.

The route has competition from a variety of sources. Daily Airbus A330 service is provided by Cathay Pacific, the domestic airline of Hong Kong. The airport pair is also flown by HK Express, a fully owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific that operates under a different brand and as a low-cost carrier.

The airline uses its all-Airbus A320 and A321 fleet to run morning and evening services. Moreover, Thai AirAsia frequently flies the airport pair. The service will continue to be run by the carrier during the summer using its Airbus A320 fleet. 

Increasing local connectivity 

Hong Kong Airlines is launching new services and adjusting its network strategy at the same time as the announcement. In order to address the demand for international transit and travel needs in the Southeast Asia region, the carrier hopes Phuket can further utilize Hong Kong’s connectivity as a regional hub in Asia. Before the summer break and the busiest travel season, the airline is expanding the leisure alternatives available on its network. 

This month, Hong Kong Airlines is also adding new regional routes. On April 7th, the airline will launch a brand-new service to Fukuoka on the southwest coast of Japan, as previously reported by Easy Flying. The port city, one of the biggest in the country, is referred to as the entrance to Kyushu.

Starting on Monday, April 17th, the airline stated it would resume daily service to Shanghai Hongqiao and five-times-weekly service to Bali Denpasar. The airline will use a widebody Airbus A330-300 to service both flights. When it started operating flights to Beijing Daxing International Airport earlier this month, Hong Kong Airlines made history by becoming the first local airline in Hong Kong to provide service to both of Beijing’s international airports.

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