Cathay Pacific today announced that they would begin thrice weekly service between Hong Kong and Cape Town on November 14, 2018 that ends on February 18.
The airline has daily service to Johannesburg that this Cape Town service complements. The new flight is operated by Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
Here’s the press release from Cathay Pacific:
Cathay Pacific to fly non-stop to Cape Town from November
The airline’s second destination in South Africa will complement daily flights to Johannesburg
Thursday, February 22, 2018 —Cathay Pacific will launch a seasonal non-stop service to cosmopolitan Cape Town later this year, directly linking this popular business and tourism destination with Hong Kong for the very first time.
The three-times-weekly service, from 13 November 2018 to 18 February 2019, 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.
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said: “We are very pleased to be able to expand our services in Africa, 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.”
He added 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.
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).
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.”
Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, echoed that sentiment and added: “This vote of confidence will help boost growth, help us land even more investment, and create additional jobs for the people of the Cape. We look forward to welcoming the first flight, and our team will work closely with the airline to help make the route a success.”
Cape Town, a major financial and business services centre and also the gateway to the Western Cape’s flourishing wine and agricultural region, is set against the backdrop of the famous Table Mountain plateau and its enviably long list incredible attractions make it a true multicultural marvel.
From jaw-dropping scenery to centuries-old architecture contrasting with minimalist modern design, bustling Cape Town encompasses it all. Its lively harbour and streets house nightlife and storefronts, and its beaches and mountainous surroundings are bursting with flora and fauna.
Details of the new Cape Town service between 13 November 2018 and 18 February 2019 are as follows (all times local):
|Flight no||From||To||Departure/Arrival||Days of operation|
|CX795||HKG||CPT||2345/0805+1||Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday|
|CX794||CPT||HKG||1105/0655+1||Monday, Wednesday, Friday|
Cape Town is great destination in South Africa which I try to visit yearly. The scenery around the area is simply stunning.
Cathay Pacific crews should love this rotation because they get to stay in Cape Town two to three nights depending on the service (the beauty of not flying the destination daily).
Seems that Cathay Pacific has been adding seasonal destinations such as Copenhagen as of late and dropped (suspended) at least one in Europe (Dusseldorf). Let’s hope that this one is commercial success.