China Spring Airlines (9C)HKG-PVGAirbus A320Video Trip Review + Bad phone photos Whilst I was in Hong Kong for a month, I had decided that it was a good chance to go checkout Shanghai which i've always wanted to visit. I had contemplated taking the overnight train, but airfares cost just as much as the train, and I wouldn’t be losing nearly 20 hours. Plus it was a chance to try some of the anonymous Chinese carriers that serve the vast country. China Spring Airlines is a relative new kid on the block, a low cost carrier started in 2004 with just a single A320. Now they have a whole 21 A322’s which are mostly being used for domestic routes. In 2010 they were approved for international flights, and now operate two international routes. Hong Kong, and Tokyo (through IBR). The route is great news for Hong Kongers who don’t really benefit from any LCC’s operating to mainland china. For a long time, it was much cheaper to take the half an hour train ride to Shenzhen (the closest China border city) and fly out from there. Spring Airlines launched their HKG-SHA fares from only $29USD. Great I thought! Either way when it came time to booking, the fares had gone up in price (a lot) and were now nearly just as expensive as the equivalent China Eastern Airlines fares (which were sold out). Strangely the multiple flights on that day varied from SHA, or PVG. I purposely picked the flights to PVG so we could try the Maglev. Annoyed, our tickets were booked and we were on our way to HKIA. Checkin was a bit confusing, unlike the other airlines at T2 at HKIA, Spring Airlines don’t put any signage near their desks. Checkin staff is contracted out at all other airports except for PVG and SHA. Also when checking in, they needed to verify the card that the fares were booked with online (lucky I actually bought it with me, their website says nothing of this requirement). Check-in at HKIA We were boarding at the very remote Gate 68, which you’re required to catch a bus to once you reach the end of the west hall.