Hong Kong Airlines has launched thrice weekly flights to Kumamoto, in the Kyushu region of Japan.
The airline will operate the flights every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with flight HX686 scheduled to depart Hong Kong (HKG) at 11:40, arriving at Aso Kumamoto Airport (KMJ) at 15:40.
From KMJ, flight HX687 is timed to leave at 16:40, arriving in Hong Kong at 19:45.
Kumamoto is the carrier’s seventh Japanese destination, following the launch of services to Fukuoka and Nagoya earlier this year.
"We are pleased that flights to Hong Kong have resumed," said Hideaki Yamakawa, president of Kumamoto Airport. "We believe that this will not only serve more passengers departing from Kumamoto, but also increase the volume of international freight traffic and boost the local economic development between Kumamoto and Hong Kong. We will continue to tighten up our mutual collaboration and provide support to attract more visitors and further deepen exchanges between the two places."
With the daily flight on the Fukuoka route, Hong Kong Airlines will be operating 10 flights per week to the Kyushu region, establishing optimal departure and arrival times to and from the region.
The convenience of arriving and departing from different cities provides travellers with greater flexibility in planning their itineraries, allowing them to make seamless transition when planning their trips.
"We are very excited to reintegrate this popular destination into our expanding Japanese route network after so many years," said Jevey Zhang, Chairman of Hong Kong Airlines. "Kumamoto is our second new destination in the Kyushu region, which complements our existing daily return flights to Fukuoka, connecting the northern and central parts of Kyushu and providing passengers with more diverse travel options. We also look forward to strengthening cooperation with Kumamoto, prefecture governments across Japan, various airport authorities, and business partners to launch flights to more Japanese destinations."© Travel News Asia