#AfriTravel: Cathay Pacific launches direct flights to Cape Town

2018-02-22 13:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - The cat is finally out of the bag as Wesgro announces the official dates for the much-anticipated direct flights between Cape Town and Hong Kong.

At the beginning of this year, Wesgro spokesperson, Russel Brueton told Traveller24 that the Cape Town Air Access team was in discussions with Cathay Pacific regarding a route to Cape Town, but nothing at that time was official. 

In addition, spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Opportunities, Bianca Capazorio also told Traveller24 that as part of their joint initiative to increase the number of flights and visitors to Cape Town, Cathay Pacific was among many other airlines Cape Town Air Access have had discussions with. 

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According to Wesgro, for the very first time, the seasonal non-stop service from Hong Kong to Cape Town will commence later this year, starting from 13 November 2018 to 18 February 2019.

The three-times-weekly service will complement Cathay Pacific’s existing daily non-stop flights to Johannesburg and will be operated by state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

See flight details below:

Picture: Wesgro

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Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer, Rupert Hogg says they are very pleased to be able to expand their services in Africa as it is a "booming aviation market". 

"Growing our reach to destinations that are not otherwise served from Hong Kong creates considerable new opportunities for business, trade and tourism, in addition to strengthening our home hub,” says Hogg.

Hogg adds that the new service will "meet customer demand" for travel to the scenic 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.

Some of Cathay Pacific's regional and international routes to commence in 2018 include Jinan and Brussels (March), Copenhagen (May), Dublin (June) and Washington DC (September).

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Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde says the expansion of Cathay Pacific to Cape Town is thrilling. 

"This will allow us to unlock massive tourism potential from the East, a market which is already very important to us,” says Winde.

“This vote of confidence will help boost growth, help us land even more investment, and create additional jobs for the people of the Cape, " says Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, adding that they look forward to welcoming the first flight, and that the Wesgro team will work closely with the airline to help make the route a success.

See the map/ table below for a full list of all SA’s new flight routes and expansions in 2018.

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