Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that it will increase its flights from Auckland to Hong Kong from its current daily flights to twice daily from October 30, 2006. David Figgins, country manager for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, said the increased flights would offer new daily connections to 28 destinations 13 within China and 15 throughout the network.
Said Mr Figgins: Cathay Pacifics double daily service will firmly establish Hong Kong as the gateway to China, Asia and UK/Europe from New Zealand.
Important daily connections to China will include Beijing, Shanghai,Guangzhou, Xiamen and Fuzhou. New daily connections outside China include Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, Dubai and Bahrain.
Cathay Pacific will also offer direct connections several times a week to Colombo, Karachi, Phnom Penh and Riyadh. Through its existing CX108 service Cathay Pacific already offers daily connections to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, as well as to Taipei, Kaohsiung, Bangkok and Manila.
This announcement comes hot on the heels of the announcement late last week that Cathay Pacific will take full control of Dragonair, plus enter a closer alliance with Air China. Dragonair operates to 23 destinations In China. The purchase of Dragonair and the new alliance with Air China means that Cathay Pacific is poised to offer the most comprehensive services of any airline between New Zealand and China. Dragonair operates a fleet of 12 Airbus A330s, six Airbus A321s, 11 Airbus A320s, as well as five cargo aircraft.
As Cathay Pacific Chief Executive, Philip Chen said: Cathay Pacific taking full control of Dragonair and strengthening its partnership with Air China will reinforce Hong Kongs role as the premier aviation hub in the Asia-Pacific region and create one of the worlds strongest airline groupings. It will improve flight connectivity and route management, mean more destinations and greater travel choices for passengers and strengthen both Hong Kong and Beijing as major aviation hubs.