Cathay Pacific offers SA a super-sized trip as it returns for second seasonal Cape Town to Hong Kong route

2019-04-16 10:30 - Selene Brophy
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Cathay Pacific is bringing back its popular seasonal route between South Africa’s Mother City and the Hong Kong.

The airline confirmed business and leisure customers will be able to book non-stop flights between the two global hubs from 13 November 2019 to 28 February 2020 – just in time for the festive period.

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In celebration of the return of the popular Cape Town to Hong Kong seasonal route, Cathay Pacific is also offering customers special deals designed to maximise their overall Hong Kong travel experience.

Passengers can enjoy luxurious accommodation and delightful dining experiences, and explore the city through exceptional offers on Hong Kong’s most popular attractions just by presenting their Cathay Pacific boarding pass - click here for full details.

The seasonal route will operate alongside Cathay Pacific’s existing daily non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Hong Kong.  The route includes three flights a week with a flight duration of 13 hours 50 minutes.

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Flight CX794 will depart Cape Town International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:05 arriving at Hong Kong International Airport at approximately 06:55 the following morning.

Operated by the Airbus A350-900, each flight can accommodate a total of 280 passengers, including 38 in Business Class, 28 in Premium Economy, and 214 people in Economy. The aircraft is also equipped with the award-winning seats, all-new in-flight entertainment centres, and inflight connectivity, all of which will ensure a pleasant and comfortable flight for all passengers.

“Having experienced strong demand for travel to and from Cape Town during our inaugural season we are delighted to announce a continuation of this service for another season. This flight is a non-stop bridge between Africa and Asia bringing these two continents ever closer. Our Hong Kong hub is one of the world’s leading financial centres and a highly popular tourist destination”, says Mark Sutch, Cathay Pacific' regional general manager for South Asia, Middle East and Africa.

“Moreover, this non-stop flight offers great connectivity for our customers with a range of convenient connections to multiple Asian destinations such as Denpasar, Phuket, Tokyo, Bangkok and more.”

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Over the last 10 years, South Africa has lost 47 airlines and 37 direct flight routes, including to countries like India, Russia, Portugal, Argentina and Thailand. However, seat capacity to OR Tambo International and Cape Town International airports have increased significantly over the last six years, according to SA Tourism's Head of Global Trade Bradley Brouwer.

The active airlines with the most seat capacity are South African Airways, followed by Emirates, British Airways, Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. SA's largest route based on seat capacity is Johannesburg to Dubai, with over a million seats in 2018.

Currently, SA has 106 active international routes in 2018 connected to 69 cities across the globe - 55 linking to the rest of the continent and 51 connecting to overseas destinations.

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The airline first introduced the seasonal route in November 2018. It allows both South African and Asia-based customers to travel with more comfort and reduce the travel time and expenses considerably.

“The Cape Town Air Access partnership is extremely excited by this announcement, and the boost it will provide for the Western Cape economy" said Wesgro CEO Tim Harris.

"The seasonal Hong Kong route has not only connected two popular cities, but it has also affected positive growth. Compared to the same period in 2017/18, the seasonal Hong Kong 2018/19 route saw a 10% increase in two-way passengers between the Western Cape and greater Asian market. This means increased business and tourism, and a positive benefit to our local economy," concluded Harris.

Beverley Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, added, "We welcome Cathay Pacific's announcement that the non-stop seasonal flight between Cape Town and Hong Kong will be returning later this year. Hong Kong is a major economic hub and a gateway to the rest of Asia, allowing us to develop tourism and trade between the Western Cape and other key regions.

"The return of this seasonal flight is a sign that there was positive uptake and support for the first seasonal route and we look forward to welcoming more of Cathay Pacific's passengers." 

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