Cathay Pacific starts direct Hong Kong to Dublin service
June 04, 2018: Hong Kong based airline Cathay Pacific has launched new four times weekly direct service to Ireland’s major aviation hub Dublin Airport. The airline will deploy Airbus A350-900 aircraft in a three-class configuration on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
For the airport, this year-round service is its ever direct route to the Asia-Pacific region and is a major milestone for the entire Irish economy.
Vincent Harrison, managing director, Dublin Airport said this is a historic and momentous day for Dublin Airport. “Today is the result of collaboration of many years work with a wide range of other bodies such as Irish Embassy in China, the Consulate in Hong Kong, our colleagues at Tourism Ireland and other key stakeholders such as IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia.”
“Trade between Ireland and China is worth more than €8 billion per annum and almost 100 Irish firms have operations in China, employing a total of 100,000 people there. With an estimated 4,000 Irish people living in Hong Kong and about 40,000 people per year travelling between our two cities I have no doubt this new route will be popular for business and leisure travellers. We will work closely with Cathay Pacific to market the new route.”
James Ginns, Cathay Pacific’s general manager Europe said: “We’re delighted that Ireland’s first and only non-stop flight to Hong Kong has been well-received by customers.”
The Dublin flight will arrive in Hong Kong early in the morning local time, providing a wide range of connecting options with flights to mainland China, Japan, Korea, South-East Asia and Australia on the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon networks.
The planned flight times for the new Hong Kong route are as follows (all times local):
In summer, the flight will depart Dublin at 11.55, arriving in Hong Kong at 07.05. The return flight will depart Hong Kong at 00.50, arriving in Dublin at 06.45. In winter, the flight will depart Dublin at 11.00, arriving in Hong Kong at 07.30. The return flight will depart Hong Kong at 00.15 and arrive in Dublin at 05.30.