DRAGONAIR will commence four weekly flights between Hong Kong and Kolkata in October, using an Airbus A320 aircraft, once the new airport terminal in Kolkata takes off (TTG Asia e-Daily, March 28, 2012).
Patrick Yeung, CEO, Dragonair, said: “The launch of a new service to Kolkata marks an important step in building Dragonair’s presence in India, following the launch of flights to Bangalore in 2008.”
The trade is confident that the new Dragonair route will boost outbound travel to greater China, as Indians are able to avail of visas-on-arrival in Hong Kong.
Sanjay Maniar, director, Travelaid Kolkata, said: “Hong Kong and Macau are hot destinations (for travellers) from eastern India, and a direct flight is sure to increase numbers by at least 20 per cent. We also expect greater demand for China, as Dragonair offers connections to 19 Chinese cities.”
Anil Punjabi, chairman – east, Travel Agents Federation of India, said: “Added international flights augur well for outbound and inbound business to eastern India. More flights are needed to fill the gaps left by Kingfisher Airlines and Air India’s (service withdrawals)."
"Hong Kong is a popular destination, and (the new flights) will help the trade to book groups with confidence," he added.