Breaking News - Cathay Pacific to fly Dublin to Hong Kong direct from June
31st August 2017 - 11:35am
Cathay Pacific has announced that it will operate a new direct Dublin Hong Kong service four times per week from next June. The new year-round service will be Dublin Airport’s first ever direct route to the Asia-Pacific region and is a major milestone for the airport and the entire Irish economy.
“We are thrilled to welcome Cathay Pacific to Dublin Airport and to Ireland,” said Vincent Harrison (Dublin Airport Managing Director). “Dublin Airport is competing for routes like this with other major European airports, so winning this new business is hugely positive news for Ireland, for foreign direct investment, for Irish exporters, and for inbound tourism,” he added.
“This historic new route brings direct flights from Ireland to Hong Kong for the first time and also offers excellent onward connections via Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong hub,” Mr Harrison said. Dublin Airport is “continuing to add significant new airline customers and new routes, providing passengers with increased choice and convenience,” he added.
“We’re excited to offer the only direct flights between Hong Kong and Dublin, said Rupert Hogg (Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer). “Dublin is a fantastic destination and attracts business and leisure travellers from the world over. We listened to our customers’ demands for more options and greater flexibility and have responded by building direct air links with this great city.”
Currently about 40,000 people per year travel between Dublin and Hong Kong, this is now expected to grow with the opening of the new direct service. An estimated 4,000 Irish people live in Hong Kong, according to the Irish Embassy in China.
The Dublin flight will arrive in Hong Kong early in the morning local time, providing a wide range of connecting options with flights to mainland China, Japan, Korea, South East Asia and Australia on the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon networks.
Cathay Pacific will operate the new Dublin Hong Kong service with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft in a three class configuration. Starting 2nd June 2018, the route will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Cathay Pacific, which is part of the oneworld alliance, has flights to 197 destinations in 48 countries and territories. It operates a fleet of 144 aircraft with orders for a further 53 aircraft for delivery until 2024. Its short-haul subsidiary Cathay Dragon flies to 56 destinations in mainland China and other Asian countries.
This new route added to the double daily Etihad and Emirates flights, Qatar’s new service to Doha and with the potential new Dublin Beijing service (not announced but speculated about) will certainly offer the Irish consumer great choices.
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