Dragonair. Hong Kong-based airline, is raising frequencies over the Lunar New Year holidays and in summer schedule to meet increased demand. The airline plans to operate a total of 46 additional flights, including charter flights, over the Lunar New Year holidays, while the summer schedule sees it boosting frequencies to 11 China Mainland destinations and two non-Mainland cities, effective from March 25 to October 27.
“Demand for both business and leisure travel continues to grow, particularly in the Mainland market, and we are responding to that,” said CEO Kenny Tang.
“The Lunar New Year period is traditionally one of the peak seasons for travel, with business people heading home and families and friends heading either for the sun, scenic destinations or to regions that offer a true winter experience.”
Among the additional services planned over the Lunar New Year period, Taipei and Kaohsiung will see the biggest increases, with an extra nine services operated to each, while Kota Kinabalu will have six more flights, Phuket five, Guilin six, Kunming three and Qingdao two.
Meanwhile, six flights have been chartered by travel agents for package tours to Japan. The airline will operate two flights to Kita Kyushu, the northern part of Fukuoka and the doorway to Kyushu, and four to Hakodate and Kushiro in Hokkaido, an island famed for its winter activities.
“Destinations in Japan are always a popular choice during this period, as they offer travellers the opportunity to experience a wide range of fun winter activities,” Mr. Tang explained.
Meanwhile, in Dragonair’s summer schedule, the number of flights to Kaohsiung is raised from four a day to five, to Wuhan from two a week to four, while services to Sanya and Kota Kinabalu will be increased to daily.
Other Mainland cities seeing rises in frequencies are Chengsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guilin, Hangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Qingtao and Xian.
“The additional services we plan to operate to the Mainland will ensure that Hong Kong remains the premier gateway to China,” Mr. Tang said.