Cathay Pacific to offer additional frequencies in Europe and Asia

10 / 10 / 2018

  • A350-900

Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific is to add additional frequencies to its Adelaide, Frankfurt, Madrid and Tokyo passenger services.

A sixth weekly frequency is to be added to the airline’s Adelaide link. The extra frequency, to be operated from October 28, will be flown by Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Currently served daily from Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific is to add three more weekly flights to its connection with Frankfurt, Germany’s biggest airfreight hub. The extra frequencies will come into effect on March 31 2019, departing Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. These additional flights will be operated by A350-900 aircraft.

The carrier’s Hong Kong – Madrid link is to go daily from June (until October) 2019. Two additional weekly frequencies will be operated on Mondays and Wednesdays. The extra flights will be operated by A350-900 aircraft.

Cathay Pacific currently flies six times a day between Hong Kong and Tokyo Narita, but the carrier is to introduce an additional daily non-stop flight to the Japanese capital from October 28 this year.

According to a statement from the airline, the Cathay Pacific Group is growing “at an unprecedented rate”.

Just this year, ten new destinations are to be added to the network: Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Nanning, Jinan, Washington DC, Cape Town, Davao City, Medan and Tokushima.

Another new destination, Seattle, is to join the network in March next year.

Additional destinations and additional frequencies mean additional bellyhold freight capacity of course, good news for Cathay Pacific Cargo.

And Cathay Pacific Cargo has had a relatively good year up to now. Its August cargo traffic increased by 7.4% year on year to just over 1bn revenue tonne kms, while year on year growth in cargo traffic over the first eight months of the year reached 6.6%.

September’s figures (not yet available) are expected to have been negatively impacted by the typhoons that disrupted operations in both Hong Kong and Japan, however.