Cathay could soon fly to Shanghai

Cathay Pacific may win the right to fly the Hong Kong-Shanghai route this year, the Hong Kong Standard newspaper reported Wednesday.The Standard cited a spokeswoman for the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC).

Cathay maybe win approval to fly the route linking Hong Kong and Shanghai this year but declined to give a firm time frame.

The comments came after CAAC chairman Yang Yuanyuan said Cathay would eventually get approval to serve the mainland’s commercial cities, the newspaper said.

Shanghai would be Cathay’s third destination in the mainland after Beijing and Xiamen, the newspaper added.

The newspaper also quoted Cathay’s chief executive Philip Chen as saying the carrier is ready to launch services to Shanghai and it expects traffic to rise by over 300,000 passengers a year if Cathay were allowed to operate three Shanghai return flights a day.

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“We are waiting for the two (Beijing and Hong Kong) governments to schedule a time for the air talks,” said a Cathay spokeswoman, who declined to comment on the report. She said Cathay had always wanted to fly to Shanghai.
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