Cathay Pacific will launch a seasonal non-stop service to 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 will operate from November 13 to February 18 by Airbus A350-900 aircraft and complement Cathay Pacific’s existing daily non-stop flights to Johannesburg.

“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,” said Cathay Pacific chief executive officer Rupert Hogg.

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 last month 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).

“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,” said Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities.

Tim Harris, chief executive officer of Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, 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.

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragons provide flights to connect passengers from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket to Hong Kong with flights departing from Bangkok to Hong Kong on an average of eight to nine flights a day, two daily flights from Phuket and one flight a day from Chiang Mai.

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