HK Express starts Nagasaki route, launches Bangkok

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Hong Kong-based HK Express has continued expansion in Japan after debuting its inaugural route to Nagasaki on the island of Kyushu on 19 January.

For the thrice-weekly link, the low-cost carrier (LCC) will utilise its fleet of Airbus A320s and flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

With this launch, it means the LCC now serves 11 destinations in Japan from Hong Kong, accounting for 125 weekly departures from the Asian hub.

Along with Nagasaki, the airline serves Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Ishigaki, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Nagoya, Osaka Kansai, Takamatsu, plus Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports.

HK Express has also launched a new five-weekly route to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport which it will start on 31 March this year. It will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The route expansion comes at an optimal time for HK Express, which saw stable growth in 2018. The airline flew 4.1 million passengers across 1,900 sectors last year with a load factor of 89.9 per cent. HK Express expects to reach the 15 million passengers flown milestone by March 2019.