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Budget carrier Hong Kong Express to increase Japan flights by summer

Kyodo

Low-cost carrier Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd. will increase flights to Japan by around 10 per week by next summer, an airline official said Thursday.

Andrew Cowen, deputy chief executive officer of the Hong Kong-based carrier better known as HK Express, unveiled the plan during a ceremony at Kansai airport in Osaka Prefecture held to mark the first anniversary of its service connecting Hong Kong with Kansai.

With flights linking Hong Kong and Narita airport near Tokyo set to begin from December, the budget carrier will soon serve five Japanese destinations, including Tokyo’s Haneda and the city of Fukuoka, with around 50 flights per week. The airline hopes to boost that to more than 60 by next summer.

HK Express will add two to three flights to its Hong Kong-Kansai service from the current 14 per week because more people appear to be flying to Kansai to view new tourist attractions that have opened in the region.