Hong Kong based airline, Dragonair has announced the launch of its new flight to India connecting Kolkata, which is airline’s second destination in the country after Bengaluru. The service will begin from winter this year.

Dragonair, based at Hong Kong International Airport, has made the announcement of its new flight to India connecting Kolkata. This will be airline’s second passenger destination in India after Bengaluru.

Subject to government consent and the date of opening of Kolkata’s new airport terminal, this service will begin in winter 2012. Airbus A320 will be employed to offer four weekly flights on the route, says the airline’s press release.

This newest service of Dragonair will offer more connections and greater convenience to the travellers who plan to travel between Hong Kong and India.

Patrick Yeung, Chief Executive Officer, Dragonair said in the company’s press release: “The launch of this new service to Kolkata marks an important step in building Dragonair’s presence in the Indian market, following the launch of flights to Bengaluru in 2008. India is one of the major economies in Asia and the country has an increasing influence on the world stage. The launch of yet another new route by Dragonair is also a significant step in enhancing Hong Kong’s role as a leading international aviation hub.”

“The launch of yet another new route by Dragonair is a significant step in enhancing Hong Kong’s role as a leading international aviation hub. By improving connections between Hong Kong and India we will offer a wider choice for both business and leisure travellers through our extensive Mainland China network as well as the global network of Cathay Pacific,” Mr Yeung further added.

On Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Dragonair’s Flight KA168 is scheduled to leave Hong Kong at 2225 hours and arrive at the Kolkata International Airport at 0015 hours local time. Whereas on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Flight KA169 will depart Kolkata at 0115 hours and land in Hong Kong at 0725 hours local time.

With multiple services available in a week, fliers might be able to net tickets on cheap flights to India from Hong Kong and vice versa.

Dragonair has launched services to seven new destinations this year including Kolkata. The airline has already launched scheduled services to Xi’an, Guilin, Jeju and Taichung since April 2012. The airline will begin scheduled services to Clark in the Philippines later this month and Chiang Mai in Thailand in July 2012.

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