Dragonair has resumed its freighter service to Xiamen in China and is upping the frequency of its passenger services to Xiamen and Ningbo at a time when it faces increased competition to retain its Taiwan-transit traffic.
The Hong Kong carrier says in a statement it has resumed freighter operations from Hong Kong to Xiamen with a thrice-weekly Boeing 747-400F service.
It also says on 21 July it will be increasing the frequency of its Hong Kong-Ningbo service to 10 per week from seven and on 1 September it will increase its Hong Kong-Xiamen passenger service to 18 from 14 per week.
Dragonair is the number one airline in Hong Kong serving mainland China.
Xiamen, in Fujian province, is a popular destination with Taiwanese businesspeople that often transit in Hong Kong on their way to Xiamen and other destinations in China.
But the Chinese and Taiwan governments recently allowed regular non-stop fleets between Taiwan and China, limiting the need for passengers to resort to transiting in Hong Kong.
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