Published on August 31st, 2017 | by Alan Dwyer0
Cathay Pacific announce new direct service from Hong Kong to Dublin
Cathay Pacific has announced that it will operate a new direct Dublin-Hong Kong service four times per week from next June. The new year-round service will be Dublin Airport’s first ever direct scheduled service route to the Asia-Pacific region and is a major milestone for the airport and the entire Irish economy.
“We are thrilled to welcome Cathay Pacific to Dublin Airport and to Ireland,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. “Dublin Airport is competing for routes like this with other major European airports, so winning this new business is hugely positive news for Ireland, for foreign direct investment, for Irish exporters, and for inbound tourism. This historic new route brings direct flights from Ireland to Hong Kong for the first time and also offers excellent onward connections via Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong hub, Dublin Airport is “continuing to add significant new airline customers and new routes, providing passengers with increased choice and convenience,” he added.
Winning the landmark new route was a collaborative effort over several years that included a wide range of other bodies, according to Mr Harrison. “We would like to thank the Irish Embassy in China, the Consulate in Hong Kong, our colleagues at Tourism Ireland and other key stakeholders such as IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia.”
Trade between Ireland and China is worth more than €8 billion per annum and almost 100 Irish firms have operations in China, employing a total of 100,000 people there. Currently about 40,000 people per year travel between Dublin and Hong Kong, but this is expected to grow with the opening of the new direct service. An estimated 4,000 Irish people live in Hong Kong, according to the Irish Embassy in China.
The new Cathay Pacific service will depart Hong Kong at 00.50, arriving in Dublin at 06.45 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The outbound service will depart Dublin at 11.55, arriving in Hong Kong at 07.05 on the following morning. The timings are revised slightly for the winter with a Dublin arrival time of 05.30 and departure time of 11.00. The new service will be operated by their new fleet of Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Cathay Pacific currently have 18 in service and a further five due for delivery in the coming years. They are configured with 280 seats in a three class layout (38 First, 28 Business and 214 Economy) and the new service will start on 2nd June 2018. Making the announcement of the new service to Dublin, Cathay Pacific have also announced new service from Honk Kong to Brussels and Copenhagen. As part of the One World Alliance, Cathay Pacific operate flights to 197 destinations in 48 countries and have a fleet of 144 aircraft with a further 53 on order for delivery over the next seven years.