Dragonair boosts China Flights in Summer Schedule

Travel News Asia 22 March 2005

Dragonair is boosting frequencies to six China Mainland cities in its summer schedule, which runs from March 27 until October 29.

Services to Shanghai and Beijing will increase, along with flights to Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing and Changsha.

Yet again we are providing more choice to travellers heading to the Mainland in our summer schedule, said Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui. Demand continues to grow on the back of rising business and leisure travel.

Flights to Shanghai will rise to 15 a day once the second runway at Pudong International Airport becomes operational, which is expected in May. Dragonair now operates 12 flights a day to Shanghai.

By the time the new Shanghai flights begin, we will be operating 304 flights a week to the Mainland, more than any other non-Mainland airline by far, Mr. Hui said.

While Dragonair continues to operate eight flights a day to Beijing, under a recently signed codeshare agreement, the number of flights Dragonair passengers can take to the capital is effectively increased to 14 a day.

Other cities seeing rises include Chongqing, from three times a week to five, Chengdu, from seven times a week to 11 and 14 in July, Changsha from two times a week to three, and Kunming, from eight times a week to nine.

Meanwhile, the airlines cargo schedule sees a North American destination added for the first time. On April 2, Dragonair will begin operating a thrice-weekly freighter service to New Yorks John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Freighter flights to Osaka are also being increased, from three times a week to six.

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