Hong Kong Airlines focusing on improving regional network ahead of long-haul push mid decade

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Hong Kong Airlines, controlled by the mainland's HNA Group, is undergoing a reorganisation of its short- and medium-haul operations as it seeks to build and improve its regional network ahead of a push into long-haul international markets later this decade. The restructure by the closely held carrier aims to stem losses and focus on key business markets, to build its Hong Kong hub, ahead of the delivery of 10 A380s later in the decade. At the same time, as previously reported, Hong Kong Express is being converted into an LCC to differentiate itself from its sister airline Hong Kong Airlines.

Hong Kong Airlines, and to a lesser degree Hong Kong Express, have announced a number of route changes across the short-haul network in the past couple of months. New routes for Hong Kong Airlines are generally to be operated with a minimum daily frequency and are increasingly focusing on higher-yield business sectors, such as Hong Kong-Taipei Taoyuan.

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