Cathay Pacific will launch a seasonal non-stop service to Cape Town later this year, directly linking one of South Africa’s biggest business and leisure tourism destinations with Hong Kong, for the very first time.
The three-times-weekly service launches on November 13,2018 until February 18, 2019 and will run alongside Cathay Pacific’s existing daily non-stop flights to Johannesburg. The new service will be operated by state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
The new service will meet customer demand for travel to the Western Cape throughout the southern hemisphere’s peak summer months, as well as provide an additional option for South African-based travellers looking to fly on Cathay Pacific to Asia and beyond via Hong Kong.
Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, said: “We are thrilled that Cathay Pacific is launching a direct flight to Cape Town. This will allow us to unlock massive tourism potential from the East, a market which is already very important to us.”
The Cathay Pacific group has expanded its network significantly in recent times. In 2017, services to Tel Aviv, Barcelona and Christchurch were launched, while this January saw the inaugural service to Nanning. Other regional and international routes to commence in 2018 include Jinan and Brussels (March), Copenhagen (May), Dublin (June) and Washington DC (September).