Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd., controlled by Hainan-based HNA Group Co. Ltd., will add more than 12 destinations to its network this year, offering services to over 20 destinations, a senior company official said.
As part of its expansion plans, Hong Kong Express will be receiving delivery of six Airbus A320 planes in the coming weeks and will recruit over 250 staff by the end of the year, deputy chief executive Andrew Cowen told a press conference Tuesday. The company currently has five planes and 262 employees.
The carrier is going to launch daily flights between Hong Kong and the Seoul Incheon International Airport starting March 30, with a single trip priced at HK$620 (US$80).
As its sister company Hong Kong Airlines Ltd. mainly flies between Hong Kong and mainland China, Hong Kong Express can take mainland tourists to other places including Thailand, Malaysia and Japan.
“The first thing we need to consider is to secure the best timing for Hong Kong passengers, but we can also ride on the opportunities in linking up with Hong Kong Airlines’ network,” Cowen said.
He also denied reports that the company is preparing for an initial public offering, adding that Hong Kong Express will not be part of the listing assets if Hong Kong Airlines goes public.
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