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March 10, 2017 Aviation No Comments Email Email

In response to the growing demand for business and leisure travel to Queensland, Cathay Pacific has announced it is enhancing its customer offering to the state through increased capacity and more non-stop services over next summer.http://www.tourismthailand.org/landing/landing_en.html

During the peak period from late October to March, the airline will replace its current four times weekly one-stop service to Brisbane via Cairns with direct flights to both cities. The switch means that Queensland’s capital will receive 11 non-stop flights from Hong Kong each week, while Cairns will be served non-stop three times a week.

According to Nelson Chin, General Manager Southwest Pacific, Cathay Pacific, the direct services will depart at new times to provide even better connections for passengers travelling on the flights that previously made one stop before in each direction.

“For example CX146 which used to depart from Cairns at 2.55pm and arrive into Hong Kong at 8.10pm will depart at 8.05am and arrive at 1.20pm, enabling greater connections to London (under 22hrs), New York and Shanghai,” he said.

CX103 departs Hong Kong at 9.25pm and arrives in Cairns, bright and early at 06.35am the next morning.

Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and Managing Director, said, This is wonderful news for Queensland. These additional services into Brisbane Airport will drive tourism throughout the state and will offer locals even more options for their business and holiday travel plans. Brisbane Airport Corporation works closely with its airline partners to increase services into Queensland and to drive economic growth throughout the state. We look forward to the continuance of our strong relationship with Cathay Pacific.”

Cairns Airport Chief Executive Officer Norris Carter welcomed the announcement as good news for Queensland.

“It is a boost for the whole state that Cathay Pacific’s Queensland operations have been strong enough to increase capacity,” Mr Carter said.

“With three non-stop Cathay Pacific flights between Hong Kong and Cairns each week, all seats on these flights can be available for visitors to the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region.”

In addition to the new non-stop flights which will be serviced by A330’s, Brisbane’s existing daily flight will be served by the A350 from 26 March 2017.

Cairns Schedule from 01 November 2017 to 24 March 2018:

Flight
number
Days
CX146*      CNS-HKG Thurs, Sat, Sun
Flight
number
Days
CX103*      HKG-CNS Wed, Fri, Sat

Brisbane Schedule from 29 October 2017 to 24 March 2018:

Flight
number
Days
CX150*  BNE-HKG Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
CX156   BNE-HKG Daily
Flight
number
Days
CX155*  HKG-BNE Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sun
CX157   HKG-BNE Daily

*New direct service. Schedule subject to slot approval.

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