Subject to government approval, Dragonair will launch a new three-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Da Nang on March 28.
Da Nang will become the 12th destination launched or resumed by Dragonair since April 2012. It will also be the airline’s second destination in Vietnam.
Dragonair currently flies 10 round-trips a week between Hong Kong and Hanoi, while sister airline Cathay Pacific Airways operates 16 flights weekly between Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City.
Operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, Dragonair’s new Da Nang service will depart Hong Kong every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Da Nang, known for its beautiful coastlines, including the famed Danang Beach, is also home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites – Hoi An, My Son and Hue. The city’s mix of natural, historical and cultural attractions makes Da Nang an ideal leisure destination, according to Dragonair.
Dragonair says that, in addition to connecting passengers from around the world to Da Nang, its latest destination launch will offer passengers from Vietnam more options when connecting to Dragonair’s extensive Mainland China network or the international network of Cathay Pacific though their hub at Hong Kong International Airport (IATA code HKG).
“Vietnam is becoming an increasingly important business and tourism destination and we are very excited about strengthening our presence in the country,” said Patrick Yeung, Dragonair’s chief executive officer. “Our new Da Nang service will facilitate more tourist traffic between Hong Kong and Vietnam and further boost Hong Kong’s role as a major international aviation hub.”
Dragonair’s flight schedule for its Hong Kong-Da Nang route will see flight KA220 departing HKG at 8:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays from March 28 and landing at Đà Nẵng International Airport (DAD) at 8:55 a.m. local time. On Tuesdays, using the same flight number, the flight will leave HKG at 3:50 p.m. and reach DAD at 4:50 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, flight KA223 will push back from the gate at DAD on Thursdays at 9:50 a.m. and touch down at HKG at 12:50 p.m. local time. On Sundays, the same flight number will leave DAD at 10:05 a.m. and reach HKG at 1:05 p.m. local time. On Tuesdays, the same flight number will begin taxiing at DAD at 7:05 p.m., in order to make a 10:05 p.m. arrival at HKG, local time.
According to Dragonair, online booking service will be available soon at www.dragonair.com. Travelers can also call the Dragonair reservations hotline at +852 3193-3888 or contact travel agents for details.
Dragonair launched new services to Zhengzhou in China and Yangon in Myanmar on January 8 and January 9 respectively and begins service to Wenzhou in China on January 25.
The airline will also increase frequencies to a number of destinations from its 2013 summer schedule. Services to Wuhan in China will increase from seven to nine flights per week from March 31 and Dragonair will add one extra flight a week to its Hong Kong-Jeju service from the same date, for a total of four weekly flights to the Korean destination.
Dragonair, an affiliate member of oneworld, is a Hong Kong-based airline operating a fleet of 17 Airbus A330-300 widebodies (one additional A330-300 is on order), as well as 15 Airbus A320s and six A321s. It serves 41 Asian destinations, including 20 cities in Mainland China.