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HK Express Airbus A320.

Hong Kong carrier eyes flights to Philippines

Budget carrier HK Express, owned by Hong Kong Express Ltd., seeks to open regular flights to the Philippines.

HK Express has petitioned the Civil Aeronautics Board for a foreign air carrier’s permit that would allow it to operate scheduled flights into the Philippines.

HK Express started operations in 2013. It flies to Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Its push into the Philippines is seen as part of regional expansion plans.

HK Express utilizes a fleet of 21 Airbus A320s and A321s.

For August this year, HK Express said it flew 353,971 passengers, or an increase of 38.6 percent from last year.

Over the 12-month period, it flew 3.46 million passengers, up 24.8 percent.

HK Express said its load factor jumped due to the busy summer travel season. For August, its load factor hit 93 percent, higher than the average 90 percent over the last 12 months.

It said ancillary revenue rose 24.7 percent in August from 21.68 percent over the last 12 months, due to popular services like flexible baggage allowance and optional inflight meals.

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