Cathay Pacific, flag airline of Hong Kong has announced they will fly directly between Cape Town and Hong Kong. The flight plan will start from November 2018 to 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.
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde 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.”
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said 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.
Westgro, Official Tourism, Trade & Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, took to Twitter saying this move is critical for growth.
BREAKING: @cathaypacific has just announced that it will launch a direct flight to Cape Town, from Hong Kong. The new flight launches in Nov 2018. This new route will connect the Cape with the important East Asian market. This is critical for growth. #CTAirAccess #CapeConfidence pic.twitter.com/ZbHUjWybQV
— Wesgro (@Wesgro) February 22, 2018
Capetonians are very excited about the new change, and can now look forward to direct flights from The Mother City to the East.
THE best news I’ve read today!! ???
— #WearSouthAfrican (@PlumbumPb82) February 22, 2018