Cathay launches nonstop HK flights
Manama, July 7, 2009
Cathay Pacific Airways said it is set to launch direct flights on Bahrain-Hong Kong sector starting from August 1 with three non-stop flights from Bahrain and four non-stop weekly service on return.
Adressing a press conference on Tuesday, Daniel Cheung, country manager for Bahrain and Saudi Arabia said under the new arrangement, the current flight on this sector that flies twice a week via Dubai will be discontinued. The last flight will operate on July 30, he added.
“Bahrain will now enjoy a direct service to Hong Kong in both directions. This service enhancement between Bahrain and Hong Kong, in the current climate of economic turmoil, demonstrates Cathay Pacific’s strong commitment to the local community and the Middle East region," Cheung stated.
"In addition, Cathay Pacific is adding two flights between Riyadh and Hong Kong, bringing our operations to a total of 35 flights per week in the Middle East region," he added.
The flight CX732 will fly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturday on this sector via Riyadh departing Bahrain at 9pm and arriving in Hong Kong at 01.15pm.
On return, the flight CX743 will leave Hong Kong at 04.05pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays arriving in Bahrain at 10.40pm.
According to Cheung, the airliner has deployed an Airbus A330-300 to serve this non-stop route.
Flight CX742 will take off from Bahrain on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 11:50pm arriving Hong Kong non-stop at 01.15pm the next day.
The return flight, CX733 will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays departing Hong Kong at 04.05pm arriving Bahrain non-stop at 07.50pm same day. Winter timings will vary slightly, he pointed out.
"Together with our sister airline Dragonair’s extensive network to Mainland China and other Asian cities, the Cathay Pacific Group will bring Asia one step closer to the community in the Middle East," he noted.
He said Cathay Pacific had been named 'Airline of the Year' in the World Airline Awards run by the London-based Skytrax research organisation – the third time it has taken the honour in the past 10 years. The airline was also named Best Airline Asia in 2009, he added.-TradeArabia News Service