It is well-known that Dongguan currently has no airport, so why is there a “Dongguan Airline Code?”
Sea’s Young in cooperation with Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon has released a “Shared Code” program—meaning that Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal in Humen (code “ZTI”) now functions as an international port. Now in effect, visitors can set Dongguan as their departure or destination city. Unlike before, traveling from Dongguan with flights from Hong Kong to America for example, a separate ferry ticket from Dongguan was required. Now with the new program, travelers can select one flight ticket with their departure city as Dongguan (ZTI), saving some expense. What’s more, baggage check-in—as one of the most annoying issues during traveling—will be simplified. Even if the luggage is overweight, travelers will only have to pay the excess fee for the airline.
So far, “ZTI” is not available for all airlines—domestic visitors can opt for global airlines Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon for traveling from Dongguan (through Hong Kong) via an agency; visitors from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore can do so via the official website or an agency. Watch this space for other airlines to follow suit.