Greater Bay Airlines has been cleared to fly more than 100 passenger routes across the Asia-Pacific region, providing further competition for Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines.
Hong Kong’s Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) has awarded the carrier a five-year permit to operate scheduled commercial flights with immediate effect.
The decision covers 104 routes with unlimited frequencies from Hong Kong International (HKG) to destinations in mainland China, Japan, Thailand and South Korea among others. The license includes cargo as well as passenger flights.
Greater Bay Airlines has been founded by Chinese property tycoon Bill Wong Cho-bau, who also owns Shenzhen-based Donghai Airlines. Algernon Yau Ying-wah, the former CEO of Cathay Dragon, joined the startup as CEO in early January 2021.
Of the 104 routes that Greater Bay Airlines has been approved to fly, 48 are to destinations in mainland China, including major cities such as Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Shanghai. A further 13 are to Japan and six are to Thailand.
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