China's Shanghai Hongqiao Airport will be added (16-Jul-2010) as a point for scheduled air services between the mainland and Hong Kong, following consultation between CAAC and Hong Kong's Transport and Housing Bureau. Each side will be allowed to operate 14 flights services between the destinations. The Bureau is in discussions with Hong Kong-based airlines regarding the operation of the services and hopes to start no later than Oct-2010. [more - Hong Kong SAR Government]
Cathay Pacific and Airport Authority Hong Kong welcomed (16-Jul-2010) the announcement. Cathay Pacific operates three daily services between Hong Kong and Shanghai Pudong. [more - Cathay Pacific] [more - Airport Authority Hong Kong]
Cathay Pacific: "Shanghai is a very important destination for Cathay Pacific and Dragonair. We welcome the new arrangement as it will offer airlines more opportunities to further enhance services between the two cities that will benefit passengers from all over the world. The new arrangement will also help to ensure Hong Kong retains its position as one of the world’s leading aviation hubs." Tony Tyler, CEO. Source: Company Statement, 16-Jul-2010.
Hong Kong SAR: "Direct services between Hong Kong and Hongqiao are strategically important as they allow Hong Kong International Airport to have more direct access to the huge market of the Yangtze River Delta, thereby strengthening Hong Kong's role as a regional and international aviation centre. They also provide an additional choice for passengers travelling between the two cities," Henry Tang, Chief Secretary. Source: Company Statement, 16-Jul-2010.