MetroAir Utilizes Fifth Freedom Rights in Southeast Asia

HONG KONG – MetroAir has announced today intentions to begin nonstop service from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Jakarta. Flights to Singapore will operate daily, which flights to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta will operate 4 times per week and 3 times per week, respectively.

Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta will be MetroAir’s third and fourth destinations in Southeast Asia. MetroAir already flies to Singapore via Bangkok.

In the announcement, Chief Operations Officer William Hogarth said the new routes would be operated by its fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft. One airframe will be permanently based in Hong Kong to serve these routes.

“We’re excited to bring our airline to this region of the world,” explained Hogarth, “Southeast Asia is growing rapidly and the demand for air travel is higher than ever. We will be able to offer a superior product at competitive prices.”

MetroAir was granted fifth freedom rights to transit Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok International Airport by the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong. MetroAir is restricted to 14 flights in each direction; flights to Singapore must not make up more than 50% of fifth freedom capacity on a monthly basis.

Fifth freedom rights grant MetroAir the ability to carry connecting passengers as well as sell seats on any individual sector. Fifth freedom rights are granted in order to promote additional air service between countries where existing air service may be lacking.