Hong Kong Dragon Airlines hopes to open new routes to three Japanese cities in the near future, the new head of the carrier said Feb. 19 in Tokyo.

Stanley Hui, who became Dragon Airlines’ chief executive officer on February 1, said that the company is looking at Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, and Niigata and Kochi as possible destinations. The airline flies to 24 destinations, mainly in China and Southeast Asia. Of the 24, the carrier operates four weekly flights each to Hiroshima and Sendai.

It plans to add two more flights to Hiroshima in September and two more flights to Sendai in October, Hui said. “One of my objectives is to further explore expansion opportunities in other regions in Japan,” Hui said. He also said that even after the reversion of Hong Kong to China in July, Dragon Airlines will continue to be Hong Kong’s carrier and its strategy to further expand its presence in Japan will not change.

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