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27 Feb 2013
Dragonair Welcomes Government's Commitments on Infrastructure and Human Capital Investment

Dragonair welcomes the commitments in today's Budget, announced by Financial Secretary Mr John Tsang, to invest in infrastructure and human capital, and boost the city's economic stability and long-term competitiveness.

Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung said, "To support the growth of the economy, and the tourism industry in particular, there's a real need to continue investing in the city's infrastructure. As a Hong Kong airline we have a particular interest in infrastructure developments relating to Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). We look forward to participating in the environmental impact assessment and other planning processes for the three-runway system at HKIA, and also the construction of the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link which will help to make our airport even better connected."

Mr Yeung said that the increase in capacity resulting from the airport expansion will require additional manpower to handle the extra traffic and maintain HKIA's reputation for efficiency. "The new HK$100 million training fund for maritime and aviation transport will be a big help in nurturing young talents to ensure the industry can sustain the projected growth," he said.

Dragonair continues to support the development of the Hong Kong aviation industry. The airline plans to recruit 100 cabin crew and 40 pilots in 2013 to cope with the increase in its operational needs.

Dragonair, an affiliate member of oneworld, is a Hong Kong-based airline operating a fleet of 39 passenger aircraft and serving 44 regional destinations, including 22 cities in Mainland China. Dragonair has been recognised for its product and service quality, and was named the "Best Regional Airline" at the TTG Travel Awards 2012, and voted for two consecutive years "World's Best Regional Airline" in the annual World Airline Survey run by Skytrax in 2010 and 2011. Dragonair is part of the Cathay Pacific Group, providing seamless connectivity for passengers to more than 170 cities around the globe.

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