The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in the Federal Republic of Germany Mr Ma Canrong joined Cathay Pacific Airways Director and Chief Operating Officer Mr Philip Chen to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the airline’s services to Germany.Cathay Pacific launched passenger services to Frankfurt on 1984 with three flights a week. Now, the airline connects the two cities with 17 weekly flights, including a daily passenger service and 10 dedicated freighter services.
Frankfurt is the world’s third-busiest airport with over 48 million passengers passing through the airport in 2003. Hong Kong is Asia’s busiest international airport with more than 33 million passengers a year.
To add more colour to the 20th anniversary, the airline’s special livery “Asia’s World City” aircraft visited Berlin, Germany’s capital city, where Mr Ma met with Mr Chen.
The aircraft then took the guests to Frankfurt for the official anniversary ceremony.
Speaking in Frankfurt, Mr Chen said: “With a history of 20 dedicated years’ service we are proud of the contribution we have made to construct strong links between Asia’s and Europe’s leading aviation hubs. Frankfurt was Cathay Pacific’s first freighter destination and it remains one of the top-performing routes on our network. As Hong Kong’s carrier we are actively looking into the possibility of expanding our services to Germany in order to further strengthen Hong Kong as a leading global aviation hub.”