Greater Bay Airlines (GBA) is set to expand its reach by commencing a 5x-weekly MNL (Manila) – HKG (Hong Kong) service from November 8, 2023, making the Philippines the seventh destination of the Hong Kong-based startup’s value airline.
The newly introduced service will operate with red-eye flight that will depart HKG at 2350H and arrive MNL (NAIA T3) at 0200H the next day on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Return flight HB232 will leave MNL at 0300H and will arrive HKG at 0510H on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
This route will be serviced by the airlines’ Boeing 737-800 jets configured entirely for economy class. GBA operates four 737-800s, primarily on international routes, and has 15 737-800s on order. The startup carrier targets to grow its fleet more than 30 by 2026.
Hong Kong holds significant appeal for Filipinos, with an estimated at 200,000 individuals working and living in the city. It is also serves as a popular tourist destination for Filipinos offering shopping, dining, and opportunities for business meetings and events.
Furthermore, Greater Bay Airlines aims travelers to explore various Mainland China cities utilizing Hong Kong as a transit hub for both for business and leisure.
There are five airlines providing 23,305 weekly one-way seats between the two cities. Cathay Pacific previously held the largest market share at 40.5%, followed by Cebu Pacific with 31.8%.
Greater Bay Airlines was established by Chinese property tycoon Bill Wong Cho-bau, who also owns Shenzhen-based Songhai Airlines. It began its commercial flights in 2022 and currently operating service to Bangkok, Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka and Ho Chi Minh City.
To commemorate the launch of the Manila-Hong Kong service, roundtrip tickets for flights departing from Manila are available starting at USD50 (excluding applicable taxes and surcharges).