Dragonair to begin Manila service

17 Nov 2008

Travellers between Hongkong and Manila will be spoilt for choice when Dragonair’s new five-weekly service starts on December 15. The lucrative route is already well served by its parent airline Cathay Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

“We are excited to announce our entry into the Philippine market to offer a wider choice of options for travellers,” said Kenny Tang, chief executive officer, Dragonair. “Traffic flow and demand between Manila and Hongkong continues to grow and the new service will be a significant boon in terms of business and trading activities between Hongkong and the Philippines.”

An Airbus A320 aircraft will be used on the route. KA913 will depart from Hongkong at 2000 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, subject to government approval. From Manila, KA912 will leave at 1050 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Flight time is about two hours.

Tang continued: “The new addition reinforces Dragonair’s long-term commitment to build on our network not only in our core Mainland market, but also in Asia. Despite the current financial crisis, we are confident in the long-term prospect of the travel industry. We believe that the Manila service will perform well and will play an important role in our business in the years to come.”

Since Cathay Pacific acquired it in September 2006, Dragonair has added nine new destinations, with Manila being its latest.

Julian Tan

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