4 SEPTEMBER 2017
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Ireland will acquire its first direct Asia-Pacific route next year after Cathay Pacific announced plans to operate a year-round service linking Dublin with Hong Kong four times a week from June.
Hailing the news as “a major milestone for us and the entire Irish economy”, Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said: “We are thrilled to welcome Cathay Pacific to Dublin Airport and to Ireland.
“The airport is competing for routes like this with other major European airports, so winning this new business is hugely positive news for Ireland, for foreign direct investment, for Irish exporters and for inbound travel.”
Cathay CEO Rupert Hogg added: “Dublin attracts business and leisure travellers from the world over. We listened to our customers’ demands for more options and greater flexibility and responded.”
Cathay will operate the service with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft in a three-class configuration. Flights will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting from 2 June.
The service is timed to 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.
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