Hong Kong Airlines has announced a new non-stop daily service between Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) beginning next summer on June 30, 2017.
The new year-round service will mark the airline’s North American debut and will offer Vancouver travellers increased access to Hong Kong, a destination best known for its culture, cuisine, and skyscraper-studded skyline.
Hong Kong Airlines (HX) operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average aircraft age of 4.1 years.
It will initially operate the daily route using an Airbus 330-200 with 283 seats.
“Hong Kong Airlines is a well-known, family-friendly airline based in a world class city, and we are thrilled to be able to offer the public even more options to travel between Vancouver and Hong Kong,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority in a release. “Every new airline that chooses to fly to YVR means more jobs for the local economy and creates new opportunities for British Columbians.”
The new direct service will create up to 431 new jobs in British Columbia spread across the airport and tourism industry.
It will also boast $15.5 million in wages, $8.6 million in taxes, and $24.4 million in Gross Domestic Product.