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Cathay Pacific To Increase Non-Stop Flights To Australia

October 1, 2013 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Cathay Pacific will make significant improvements to its Australian flight schedules from early next year with both Australian travellers and the local tourism industry set to benefit.

According to Dominic Perret, Cathay Pacific’s general manager, Southwest Pacific, the airline has been working on ways to improve service to Australian passengers in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns and Melbourne, as well as take greater advantage of the inbound Chinese tourism market.

“We have been flying to Australia continuously for over 40 years and to Adelaide and Cairns specifically for 20 years or more.  Until now some of these flights have been shared between two cities – many Adelaide flights, for example, also stopped in Melbourne to pick up or drop off passengers,” he said.  “However we know many passengers, particularly business travellers, prefer to fly point-to-point with the shortest possible connection time.” Warwick Hotel San Francisco

The new schedules will achieve this, providing business and leisure travellers with non-stop services to Melbourne (three times daily) and Brisbane (daily), and making all Adelaide and Cairns flights to and from Hong Kong non-stop and take the total number of flights per week from 70 to 74.  It also will result in an increase of six per cent in the number of seats available for sale from Australia.

The introduction of non-stop services will also enable Cathay Pacific to further improve the service it offers the inbound tourism market, particularly from China, all year round.

“We are already well positioned to serve the inbound and outbound Chinese market,” he said.  “Our network, together with our sister airline Dragonair, currently serves 22 cities on the mainland with hundreds of flights each week to Hong Kong and onto the six major cities in Australia,” added Dominic.

“However by introducing more non-stop and better connecting flights, we will be able to make it even more attractive for Chinese tourists to come to Australia with Cathay Pacific with our faster connections and of course superior inflight service.”

The airline will deploy Airbus A330-300 aircraft on all non-stop direct flights to and from Australia providing three classes of travel – its award-winning Business Class, acclaimed Premium Economy and new comfortable Economy Class, with service throughout the aircraft from cabin staff awarded ‘world’s best’ in the recent Skytrax Awards.

  • Cairns – 4 non-stop flights per week

Far North Queensland will benefit from the four times weekly direct non-stop service into Cairns with great connections to and from mainland China as well as across Asia, Europe and the Indian subcontinent.  These services will not be seasonal; they will operate year-round.   Cathay Pacific marks its 20th year of continuous service to Cairns this year.

  • Brisbane –Daily non-stop flights / 11 flights weekly
    Corporate and leisure travellers are set to benefit from changes to Cathay Pacific’s Brisbane flights – a consistent direct daily non-stop service to Hong Kong that will depart at 0055 and arrive at 0745, allowing for a full day’s business or sightseeing or providing excellent connections to numerous destinations across Asia, China and Europe.  An additional four flights from Brisbane will continue to stop in Cairns for tourists who like to visit both destinations while holidaying in Queensland.

  • Adelaide – 4 non-stop flights per week

Cathay Pacific will move to four times’ non-stop weekly service (from its current seven times weekly service that is shared with Melbourne) and increase the number of available seats for sale by 14 per cent. While the timing of the flights is subject to confirmation, Cathay Pacific intends to improve connection times and increase the number of short same day connections including to China from Adelaide.

  • Melbourne – 21 non-stop flights per week/3 times daily
    Melbourne business and leisure travellers will enjoy the introduction of all non-stop flights from the city to Hong Kong.  The airline will continue to offer three times daily flights to Hong Kong but all flights will be non-stop between Melbourne and Hong Kong.  Flying three times a day from Melbourne allows passengers to connect to all 22 cities in China, the whole of Asia and Europe seamlessly.

The timings for the new direct flights are currently being finalised and are subject to various approvals but are expected to commence from 30 March 2014.

There are no changes currently planned to the flight schedules for Sydney (four times daily non-stop; 28 times a week) or Perth (10 times weekly non-stop).

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