The Straits Times
Published on Jan 04, 2013

Hong Kong Airlines to end Tokyo service amid territorial row


HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong Airlines announced today it will end its services to Tokyo this month, after it suspended flights to Osaka last October, to "tighten" its focus on regional routes.

The company will axe its route to the Japanese capital from Jan 10 allowing it "to better allocate resources in servicing more popular routes and strengthen its regional competitiveness", a company spokeswoman told reporters by email.

"There is a need to continue to tighten focus on routes in line with the company's regional strategy," she said, adding the airline had carried 30 per cent more passengers in 2012 than the previous year.

The airline described the move as a "purely a commercial decision".