Jetstar Hong Kong announces Pansy Ho as Chairman
- Ms Pansy Ho, Managing Director from Shun Tak Holdings Limited appointed Chairman
- The appointment adds more local leadership to the Board
- Jetstar Hong Kong looks forward to the approval process with ATLA gazetting
Jetstar Hong Kong has today announced changes to its board adding further local Hong Kong expertise and leadership. Ms Pansy Ho, Managing Director of Shun Tak Holding Limited and an equal third shareholder in Jetstar Hong Kong, has become the Chairman of Jetstar Hong Kong.
Jetstar Hong Kong CEO Mr Edward Lau said the Chairman appointment would provide an enhanced level of local expertise as the carrier moves through the regulatory approval process.
“Jetstar Hong Kong is delighted to welcome Ms Ho as Chairman. Her leadership will help us strengthen and foster Jetstar Hong Kong to best cater to the needs and development of the local travel market,” Mr Lau said.
Ms Ho said she was honoured to accept the position of Chairman.
“I am excited about the opportunities Jetstar Hong Kong will bring for local residents, businesses and the tourism industry. I am passionate about establishing Hong Kong’s truly local LCC and delivering low fares for this region,” Ms Ho said.
“The airline will open up travel opportunities and bring great economic benefits to Hong Kong.”
Recent research has shown 84 per cent of Hong Kong residents surveyed said they would welcome more low cost carriers and nearly 70 per cent said they intended travelling on a low cost carrier in the next year. This comes despite low cost carriers only representing six per cent of all flights through Hong Kong International Airport.
Jetstar Hong Kong is currently in the ATLA (Air Transport Licence Application) process.
Jetstar Hong Kong expects to contribute up to HK$8 billion to the Hong Kong economy per annum when it is fully operational with more than 1,000 employment opportunities including 600 direct local jobs expected to be created by the time the airline grows to 18 aircraft.
The Jetstar Group is one of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing airline brands with one of the most extensive ranges of destinations in the region. It is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam, and Jetstar Japan in Japan. Jetstar branded carriers operate up to 5,000 flights a week to more than 85 destinations. The Jetstar Group carried more than 37 million passengers in financial year 2017.