Cathay Pacific Airways was today informed by the HKSAR Government that
it has been granted rights to operate additional passenger services to
Beijing as well as new cargo services to Shanghai and passenger services
to Xiamen. The airline has been allocated rights to operate four additional weekly
services to Beijing during the Winter 2004 season and a further seven
weekly flights from Summer 2005.
The airline will also be allocated rights upon designation to operate
three weekly passenger services to Xiamen and 12 weekly freighter
services to Shanghai, both with effect from Winter 2004.
With these allocations Cathay Pacific intends to increase its
three-times-weekly service to Beijing to a daily service from December
2004, operate a three-times-weekly passenger service to Xiamen and
launch twelve weekly freighter services to Shanghai in 2005, subject to
Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said:
“Cathay Pacific is committed and ready to serve key cities in the
Mainland in order to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a global
aviation hub and the primary gateway to the Chinese Mainland.
“Being able to operate a daily service to Beijing is welcome, yet still
a small entry into this market. There also remains a need to secure an
early start of Cathay Pacific passenger services to Shanghai, currently
the third-busiest passenger route out of Hong Kong after Taipei and
Bangkok. This would be the most effective way to increase the volume of
passenger traffic to and through Hong Kong.”
Cathay Pacific has been licensed to operate 21 weekly services to each
of Beijing and Shanghai, and three weekly services to Xiamen.