Cathay Pacific have announced their new route from Dublin to Hong Kong. Starting June 2, 2018, and the route will be operated year round by brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
This is a historic move for Cathay Pacific and Dublin, as will be the first direct route from Dublin to the Asia-Pacific region — one that many industry sources say has been required for quite a long time, with Sino-Irish trade being worth over €8 billion annually. As rumours continue over Asian-Pacific carriers and particularly Chinese carriers extending operations to the Republic, Cathay have been the first airline to launch, and with an Irish diaspora of over 4,000 people within Hong Kong along with the 40,000+ people who traveled between the two regions last year, they look to reap the benefits of a thoroughly untapped market.
As Dublin continues to establish itself as a transit hub, a well established long-haul partner like Cathay Pacific will bring huge credibility to its aims in the market. Cathay themselves have also arranged the departure and arrival times in Hong Kong for passengers to transfer seamlessly on to its Asian and Australasian network with Cathay Pacific and sister airline Cathay Dragon, as well as offering perfect times for business travelers arriving in both cities — before typical opening hours. Aer Lingus’ rumoured return to the Oneworld Alliance should also expand connections from Dublin, onwards throughout Europe.
The route will be operated year round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with summer rotations departing Dublin at 11:55 and arriving in Hong Kong at 07:05. The return service will see the aircraft departing Hong Kong at 00:50 and arriving in Dublin at 06:45. In winter a slight time variance in schedules means the flight will depart Dublin at 11:00, arriving in Hong Kong at 07:30 with the return service departing Hong Kong at 00:15 and arriving in Dublin at 05:30.*
In the same announcement, Cathay Pacific announced that flights between Hong Kong and Brussels will begin on March 27th, operating four times weekly, and that seasonal flights between Hong Kong and Copenhagen will begin on May 2nd, operating three times weekly. Both flights will be operated by the Airbus A350-900 as well.
Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350-900 features an updated Business Class product, and is the newest addition to Cathay’s fleet. Its performance has allowed the airline to add a number of new destinations over the last year, including Barcelona (Spain) and Christchurch (New Zealand).
*All times local.
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