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June 17, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59MAD – that’s the three-letter code for a prime European destination, Spain’s capital city, Madrid. Cathay Pacific has launched a new four-times-weekly service there, giving faster and more efficient connections to Europe from Australia.

The official launch of the airline’s new Madrid service was held on Wednesday evening in Sydney, when Cathay Pacific hosted a mini fiesta, complete with food, wine and a special screening from the Spanish Film Festival of “The Spanish Affair 2”. Sangria flowed as Spanish band Flamenco del Mar performed live, complete with a Flamenco dance performance.

Cathay Pacific’s sales and marketing manager Australia, Richard Jones (second from right) with Cathay Pacific and Spanish consular attendees

Cathay Pacific’s sales and marketing manager Australia, Richard Jones (second from right) with Cathay Pacific and Spanish consular attendees

Cathay Pacific’s sales and marketing manager Australia, Richard Jones, said the new Madrid service via Hong Kong was excellent news for Australian travellers.

With four direct flights a week to Madrid from Hong Kong and over 70 flights a week from Australia, Cathay offers optimum connections, bringing the total travel time from Sydney to Madrid (including transfers) to less than 24 hours. Airfares start from AUD 1707 gross, including taxes and surcharges.

“A life well travelled is a life lived well,” Jones remarked.

Spain’s Consul General, Alvaro Iranzo, said the new services would suit Australia’s Spanish community as well as tourists. There were many business links between the two countries. Two hours from Madrid by train or road could take you to anywhere in Spain, Iranzo pointed out.

Business class meal on Cathay Pacific

Business class meal on Cathay Pacific

Flights are operated using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the Cathay Pacific’s award-winning Business Class, Premium Economy and long-haul Economy Class seats.

The flight schedule for Cathay Pacific’s service to and from Madrid (serving Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, to give MAD its full title) is as follows (all times local):

Northern Summer 2016 schedule

Flight No Routing  Departure Arrival Days of the week
CX315 HKG-MAD 0045 0845 Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun
CX320 MAD-HKG 1225 0705+1 Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun

Northern Winter 2016 schedule

Flight No Routing Departure Arrival Days of the week
CX315 HKG-MAD 0045 0810 Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun
CX320 MAD-HKG 1120 0705+1 Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun

Cathay Pacific operates more than 70 flights every week from Australia to Hong Kong – four daily from Sydney; three daily from Melbourne; 10 per week from Perth; 11 per week from Brisbane; four per week from Cairns and four per week from Adelaide. The airline offers Business, Premium Economy and Economy on all flights aboard Airbus A330s and Boeing 333s (in Sydney only).

Spanish chef contemplates delicacies at launch of Cathay Pacific's new Madrid service

Spanish chef contemplates freshly carved 18-month-old jamon serrano at launch of Cathay Pacific’s new Madrid service

Cathay Pacific has issued some light-hearted tips to get travellers on their way, once they land in Madrid:

  • Slip into a new time zone – not just the time difference. Expect things to open later in the morning and social activities including dining to kick off much later and carry on into the night. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself eating dinner at 10pm.
  • Embrace the graze – Instead of a meal at just one restaurant, enjoy a touring banquet of tapas. Walk along the street hopping from one tapas bar to the next, sampling different tapas at different establishments. One place may be known for one particular dish or another, so look out for what the locals are eating.


  • Pucker up – In Spain, greetings are with two kisses to the cheek, starting with the right cheek. Generally it’s a light peck but if you are uncomfortable, a cheek to cheek is acceptable.

More tips are available on a new website Cathay has set up: www.residentoftheworld.com.au

As well as Madrid, Cathay Pacific provides convenient one-stop connections to more than 170 destinations and 51 countries and territories worldwide, including an extensive network in China through sister airline Dragonair as well as daily connections to the UK and Europe.

Paella, a Madrid favourite

Paella, a Madrid favourite

Written by Peter Needham

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