Cathay Pacific’s Seasonal Cape Town to Hong Kong Route Returns
Event Africa Contributor 18/04/2019 Industry News
Cathay Pacific is bringing back its popular seasonal route between South Africa’s Mother City and Hong Kong.
Business and leisure customers will be able to book non-stop flights between the two global hubs from November 2019 to February 2020 – just in time for the festive period. The seasonal route will operate alongside Cathay Pacific’s existing daily non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Hong Kong.
“Having experienced strong demand for travel to and from Cape Town during our inaugural season we are delighted to announce a continuation of this service for another season. This flight is a non-stop bridge between Africa and Asia bringing these two continents ever closer. Our Hong Kong hub is one of the world’s leading financial centres and an highly popular tourist destination”
Mark Sutch, Regional General Manager – South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Cathay Pacific
“Moreover, this non-stop flight offers great connectivity for our customers with a range of convenient connections to multiple Asian destinations such as Denpasar, Phuket, Tokyo, Bangkok and more.”
The airline first introduced the seasonal route in November 2018, and will be brought back due to popular demand among both South African and Asia-based customers, who were able to travel with more comfort and reduce the travel time and expenses considerably.
“The Cape Town Air Access partnership is extremely excited by this announcement, and the boost it will provide for the Western Cape economy”
Tim Harris, CEO, Wesgro
“The seasonal Hong Kong route has not only connected two popular cities, but it has also affected positive growth. Compared to the same period in 2017/18, the seasonal Hong Kong 2018/19 route saw a 10% increase in two-way passengers between the Western Cape and greater Asian market. This means increased business and tourism, and a positive benefit to our local economy” concluded Harris.
“We welcome Cathay Pacific’s announcement that the non-stop seasonal flight between Cape Town and Hong Kong will be returning later this year. Hong Kong is a major economic hub and a gateway to the rest of Asia, allowing us to develop tourism and trade between the Western Cape and other key regions. The return of this seasonal flight is a sign that there was positive uptake and support for the first seasonal route and we look forward to welcoming more of Cathay Pacific’s passengers.”
Beverley Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities
The route includes three flights a week with a flight duration of 13 hours, 50 minutes.
Operated by the Airbus A350-900, each flight can accommodate a total of 280 passengers, including 38 in Business Class, 28 in Premium Economy, and 214 people in Economy. The aircraft is also equipped with award winning seats, all-new in-flight entertainment centres, and inflight connectivity, all of which ensures a pleasant and comfortable flight.
In celebration of the return of the popular Cape Town to Hong Kong seasonal route, Cathay Pacific is also offering customers special deals designed to maximize their overall Hong Kong travel experience.
Passengers can enjoy luxurious accommodation and delightful dining experiences, and explore the city through exceptional offers on Hong Kong’s most popular attractions just by presenting their Cathay Pacific boarding pass.
Find out more here.