South Africans can now fly direct between Cape Town and Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific

2018-11-14 16:30
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Cathay Pacific has launched a new direct route bet

The latest route in Cathay Pacific's network heralds the first non-stop link between the Western Cape and the heart of Asia.  

The airline celebrated the launch of its new seasonal non-stop service between Cape Town and Hong Kong - with Cathay Pacific Flight CX794, operated by the Airbus A350-900 aircraft, departing Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday 14 November.

As a result South Africans can also look forward to improved connectivity to popular destinations like Bangkok, Denpasar (Bali), Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo, via its Hong Kong hub.  

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The Cape Town – Hong Kong service running between 14 November 2018 and 17 February 2019 are as follows (all times local): Click here to search flights

  • Departure: Cape Town to Hong Kong 
  • Times: 11:05/06:55+1
  • Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

 The Hong  Kong - Cape Town service running between 14 November 2018 and 17 February 2019 are as follows (all times local): Click here to search flights 

  • Departure: Hong Kong to Cape Town
  • Times: 00:10/08:30
  • Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

It marks the start of the airline’s second South African route complementing its existing daily non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong.


The flight launch was celebrated with fanfare on Wednesday, with Minister Beverley Schäfer, Minister of Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture for the Western Cape Government and Mr i Cao, Acting Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Cape Town.

"The new seasonal route creates exciting new opportunities for both the Western Cape and our home city of Hong Kong, says Cathay Pacific Regional General Manager for South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Mark Sutch.

Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, added that the new service will meet customer demand for travel to the region – home of the Mother City, the Cape Winelands, and pristine, picturesque beaches.

“We are thrilled that our city will now be linked to this popular business and tourism destination – creating increased opportunities for business, investment, travel and trade. By connecting the Cape directly to China for the first time, we hope to see a marked increase in tourism and investment into our region,” he says.  

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