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Published on : Tuesday, December 15, 2015
14 December 2015 marked the inauguration of Hong Kong Airlines’ twice-weekly direct flight service between Hong Kong and Kumamoto, Japan. To commemorate the official launch of this new route, Hong Kong Airlines and the has held grand celebration events at both the Hong Kong International Airport and Aso Kumamoto Airport. KUMAMON, Kumamoto Prefecture Sales Manager, was also one of the officiating guests celebrating the events with gorgeous dance performances.
Before departure, every passenger was presented with a bag of souvenirs, including the
inaugural flight certificate and Hong Kong Airlines X Kumamoto Prefecture KUMAMON
mug, table calendar and paper hat. A KUMAMON standee was also placed at the checkin
counter for passengers to take photos in gratitude for their support to the new direct
flight to Kumamoto. To commemorate this special day, Mr. Stanley Kan, Director of
Service Delivery of Hong Kong Airlines invited a group of guests and Hong Kong media to
take the inaugural flight and flew to Kumamoto. Moreover, Mr. Nishiyama Hideki, Chief
Director of the Kumamoto Prefectural Government Hong Kong Representative Office
also personally greeted the passengers of the inaugural flight at the boarding gate and
impressed them with the charm of Kumamoto in advance.
All passengers and flight crew of the inaugural flight received a warm welcome after the
plane touched down at Kumamoto. They were greeted by the Airlines’ local staff, while
representatives from Kumamoto Prefectural Government and Tourism Organization
gave out memorable Kumamoto souvenirs to mark a fantastic start of their Kyushu
journey. At the Aso Kumamoto Airport, a simple yet special inaugural ceremony of
ribbon cutting and commemorative souvenirs exchange was officiated by Mr. Ikuo
Kabashima, Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture and Mr. Stanley Kan to celebrate the
arrival of the inaugural flight to Kumamoto.
In the evening, the Kumamoto Prefectural Government and Hong Kong Airlines held a
grand inaugural celebration dinner together. Both parties held a fruitful discussion on
further strengthening ties between the two cities to foster growth in tourism and
economic development. KUMAMON, Kumamoto Prefecture Sales Manager, was one of
the officiating guests celebrating the event with gorgeous dance performances to mark
the ending of the dinner with great success and enjoyment.
Mr. Stanley Kan, Director of Service Delivery of Hong Kong Airlines, said, “The
Kumamoto route has received overwhelming response from the public and widespread
popularity among travellers since its tickets were opened for sale. With increasing
demand for travelling to Japan, we believe the new route will provide in-depth travellers
with more flexible and diversified travel options in the Kyushu region through our
“triangular service” between Hong Kong and Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto.”
Hong Kong Airlines’ route network currently covers almost 30 cities across the AsiaPacific
region. With the launch of Kumamoto service, complemented by the existing two
daily flights to Okinawa, five-time weekly service to Sapporo, thrice-weekly service to
Kagoshima and twice-weekly flights to Miyazaki, Hong Kong Airlines operates a total of
26 weekly flights between Hong Kong and Japan starting from December this year,
further strengthening its route network in Japan.
The flight schedule for Kumamoto route is as follows (*All Times Local): Flight no. # Route Departure/Arrival time* Frequency HX686 Hong Kong to Kumamoto 11:00/15:00 Every Monday 12:00/16:10 Every Friday HX687 Kumamoto to Hong Kong 16:00/19:05 Every Monday 18:10/21:00 Every Friday # Flight number and schedule may change without prior notice.