Cathay Pacific has announced it will introduce a new seasonal
service between Hong Kong and Christchurch from December 2017,
directly linking the two cities by air for the first time.
The non-stop Christchurch service will operate three times a
week, departing Hong Kong on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays on
Airbus A350 aircraft, highlighting the airline's commitment to New
Zealand, a country it has served since 1983, and providing a
welcome boost for tourism to Canterbury and the South Island.
Subject to regulatory approvals, the new service will operate
between 1 December 2017 and 28 February 2018.
Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Development and IT Paul Loo
said the new Christchurch service will meet customer demand for
travel to New Zealand throughout the southern hemisphere's peak
summer months, as well as provide a convenient option for South
Island-based travellers looking to fly on Cathay Pacific to Asia
and beyond via the Hong Kong hub.
"We are an airline that puts the needs of our customers at the
heart of every decision we make. Christchurch, and indeed the South
Island as a whole, is a magnificent part of the world, so we are
really excited to be able to connect this new and breathtaking
destination direct with our Hong Kong home," said Mr Loo.
Cathay Pacific Country Manager NZ and Pacific Islands, Mark
Pirihi, says the airline is delighted to connect South Island
travellers with its comprehensive global network.
"Travellers now have more choice with a one-stop service from
Christchurch to a multitude of destinations across Europe and Asia
via our global transport hub of Hong Kong. Adding Christchurch to
the network also provides inbound passengers with a convenient and
comfortable direct service to the gateway of the many scenic
attractions of the South
Cathay Pacific has expanded its long-haul network significantly
in recent times. In March, the airline will commence a
four-times-weekly service to Tel Aviv, while July sees the
introduction of a four-times-weekly seasonal operation to
Barcelona. These new services follow the addition of both Madrid
and Gatwick in 2016.