Hong Kong Express launches regular flights between Ishigaki and Hong Kong
June 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
A Low-Cost Carrier based in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Express, launched its first flight service between Hong Kong and Ishigaki on June 16. A welcoming ceremony was held at the Ishigaki Airport International Terminal to celebrate the newly established service, and involved parties welcomed its first passengers. Regular flights are planned throughout year.
Direct flights will be operated twice a week during June, and it will be increased to three times a week from July. From November to March, the flights will be operated twice a week. The service is the airline’s seventh destination in Japan. It is expected to market Ishigaki as a travel destination with marine activities and beautiful nature. The first flight had almost the full capacity of 172 passengers on board. Staff from the city and a tourism promotion association handed out maps and brochures to welcome the visitors.
The general manager of Hong Kong Express, Charles Johnson, explained the motivation for the new service, saying that Ishigaki has a new airport and is an attractive place providing experiences in nature. Johnson said the company increased the service from twice to three times a week for July because of growing demand. He added that they see this route as important.
(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)
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