Jetstar Hong Kong confident of gaining approval for 2013 launch
Jetstar Group CEO CEO Jayne Hrdlicka, speaking at CAPA's World Aviation Summit in Hong Kong, stated (28-Nov-2012) Jetstar Hong Kong, a JV between Jetstar and China Eastern Airlines, is confident of winning approval from the Government to begin operations, with this enabling the carrier to build the market opportunities that exist in Hong Kong and build the underlying market demand that is waiting to be opened up. Ms Hrdlicka added the Hong Kong consumer has been paying too much for air travel for far too long. Ms Hrdlicka also outlined that Jetstar Hong Kong has been incorporated and will commence operations in 2013, bringing 1000 jobs to the greater Hong Kong area. Ms Hrdlicka estimates the carrier will deliver HKD8 billion (USD1 billion) annual economic benefit to Hong Kong by 2015 when the carrier’s fleet reach 18 aircraft. Ms Hrdlicka also stated Jetstar Hong Kong will grow “very significantly” the overall size of the market and does not believe the introduction of Jetstar Hong Kong will in any way diminish the opportunities for full service carriers. The carrier will instead be bringing in new travellers to the market not just in Hong Kong but also China and any routes it serves.