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Article from BTNews 5 SEPTEMBER 2016

Gatwick to Hong Kong

It is five years since Hong Kong was linked to Gatwick with a non-stop route, Hong Kong Airlines ditching a ‘Business-Class-only’ service after just six months. Now Cathay Pacific has come in, initially four times per week, hopefully to replicate Emirates, which after a slow start has three A380 services daily to Dubai.

The service will complement the airline’s current five daily flights from Heathrow for a total of 39 flights a week between London and Hong Kong – more than any other carrier. In addition to serving London, Cathay Pacific also offers four weekly flights between Manchester and Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific’s recently-appointed general manager Europe, Neil Glenn, said: “We are committed to providing our passengers with greater choice and flexibility, and this new non-stop service from Gatwick to Hong Kong is testament to this. With 2016 marking Cathay Pacific’s 70th anniversary, we are proud to now offer passengers three non-stop routes from the UK to Hong Kong, and then beyond.”
Cathay has just taken delivery of its first Airbus A350 and it will be this type that is dedicated to Gatwick. It carries 280 passengers split between Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy.


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