Low-fare HK airline sets Saipan flights

Hong Kong Express will start offering direct flights from Hong Kong to Saipan and vice versa six times a week starting on Jan. 17, 2017.

Starting at just HK$588 ($75.77), introductory one-way fares have been on sale since last Oct. 10, with travel dates valid from Jan. 17, 2017, to Mar. 25, 2017.

Flights from Saipan to Hong Kong are offered every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, departing from the Francisco C. Ada-Saipan International Airport at 1:40am and are scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong at 5am.

Flights from Hong Kong to Saipan are offered every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, departing Hong Kong at 9:30pm and arriving on Saipan at 4:25am of the following day.

HK Express is a participant of the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program, which does not require visas for many of HK Express guests that are approved by U.S. Customs & Border Protection. The airline-specific program allows guests of HK Express round-trip flights to visit both Guam and the CNMI, using either a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or a British National Overseas, a completed Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Information form (I-736), and a completed Arrival/Departure Record (I-94).

HK Express director and CEO Andrew Cowen expect the direct flights to greatly benefit the tourism industry of Saipan and Guam.

“HK Express strives to make travel more accessible for all at super low fares, as we believe travel is the bedrock of cultural exchange and community,” he said.

“There’s really nowhere in the world like the Western Pacific. It’s miles away from busy cities and crowds, and we’re thrilled to finally connect Hong Kong travelers with these pristine beaches, excellent hiking trails, volcanoes, and fresh air,” said Cowen, referring to the many activities on Saipan.

“It’s nothing but blue skies ahead for HK Express—we have a few surprises in store this autumn,” he added.

HK Express is a leader in the Hong Kong aviation industry. HK Express concentrates on low fares, on-time performance, and safety of air travel throughout the Asia market.

HK Express has received a “7 Star safety rating,” which is the highest ranking possible by airlineratings.com, a research group. The safety rating of an airline is based on a comprehensive analysis of information based on a set of safety assessment standards airlineratings.com.

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Erwin Encinares | Reporter

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