13 JUNE 2016
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Cathay Pacific Airways has launched the next phase of its network expansion programme with the start of four-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Madrid.
It is the airline’s first destination in Spain, with the 10,501km (5,670nmi) route being flown by the oneworld alliance member’s B777-300ER.
While Cathay currently faces no direct competition on the route, the launch could alert European carriers to growing potential for services to the Far East.
Cathay chief executive Ivan Chu, said: “We are delighted to launch flights to Madrid and become the only airline to offer direct non-stop services between Hong Kong and Spain.
“Network expansion is part of our core strategy, underpinning our efforts to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s great international aviation hubs.
“We are committed to expanding our presence in Europe, having recently added Manchester, Zurich and Düsseldorf to our network, and we are now pleased to offer more choice and convenience to passengers travelling on this new service.”
Madrid becomes Cathay Pacific’s 10th destination in western Europe. As well as the three quoted by Chu, the others are Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Heathrow, Milan Malpensa, Paris CDG and Rome Fiumicino.
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