Pyrotechnics and firework light up the night sky as part of the celebrations for the New Year in Hong Kong, which serves as a popular tourist destination. 

IN late October, Cathay Dragon will scale up the traffic capacity between Yangon and Hong Kong by an extra 60 percent. The flights target both Myanmar travellers who use Hong Kong as a transit hub for Northeast Asia and other continents as well as business travellers who move around in the region.

Currently, the carrier, formerly Dragonair, operates a daily flight from Yangon to Hong Kong. Starting from October 29, it will serve an additional 4 flights per week, operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The new flights depart Hong Kong at 2:25pm and arrive in Yangon at 4:20pm. The return flight departs Yangon at 5:20pm, arriving in Hong Kong at 9:45pm, with a flying time of just 2.45 hours.

Cathay Dragon is the regional carrier of Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Group, the city’s flagship carrier. The group has a long history with Myanmar, dating back to almost a century ago.

“In the 1940s, Yangon was actually one of the very first routes served by Cathay Pacific!” Nicholas Bury, the airline’s country manager in Myanmar, said.

 

The additional flights provide passengers a much shorter connecting time to a wide range of destinations within the Cathay Pacific network through its Hong Kong hub. This includes Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, all 13 of Cathay’s European destinations, including London, Paris, Rome and Madrid, and San Francisco in the US.