Govt paves way for HK-Shanghai Hongqiao flights

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The Hong Kong Government has given approval for commercial flights to operate between Hong Kong and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport.

Hong Kong Airport Authority chairman, Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, made the announcement today.

The new arrangement will enable the operation of 28 weekly round-trip flights from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to Hongqiao Airport, which are expected to start in October or earlier, he says.

This arrangement comes after the formation of the joint venture, Shanghai Hong Kong Airport Management, between the Hong Kong Airport Authority and Shanghai Airport, he adds.

Cheung says: "The new services, which complement HKIA's existing extensive flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, will also help strengthen the increasingly closer economic ties between Hong Kong and Shanghai."