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HK Express to launch flight to Singapore

The Hong Kong low-cost carrier plans to begin flight from February 1, 2022

Summary

  • Route to launch from February, 1 2022
  • Parent airline, Cathay Pacific to suspend more flights this month

HK Express, the low-cost subsidiary of Cathay Pacific, is launching a new route to Singapore from February 1, 2022. The direct route will offer customers more affordable fares between the two countries while competing with its rival Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary.

UO780 departs from Hong Kong at 12.35 pm local time and lands at Changi Airport at 4.25 pm local time, while its return flight, UO781 departs from Changi Airport at 6.00 pm at arrives at Hong Kong at 10.05 pm on the same day. The flight will begin operating once weekly on Tuesday, subject to regulatory approvals.

Its single-aisle Airbus A320 fleet, including the A321, can accommodate from 180 to 230 passengers in an all-economy configuration.

“Singapore has it all. That’s why it has long been a popular choice for travellers”

Mandy Ng, HK Express CEO

Cathay Pacific, on the other hand, will be cancelling more flights, both passenger and cargo, to and from Hong Kong this month as the city is tightening its quarantine restrictions on aircrew by increasing their mandatory quarantine at designated hotels from three days to seven days, previously served only by cargo aircrew before extending it to all non-China passenger flights.

The restrictions have forced the airline to cancel all long-haul cargo and cargo-only passenger flights from December 30, 2021, until January 6, 2022, temporarily losing cargo volume space in an already strained supply market.

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