Good news for South Island travellers… strong demand has
led to Cathay Pacific confirming a third summer season between
Christchurch and Hong Kong - plus increasing to four flights per
week during December-January-February.
The summer 2019 season will start earlier, on November 15, to
offer 19 more flights and 49 per cent more seats than previous
Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer Justin Watson says the
second Cathay Pacific season saw 14 percent more New Zealanders
using the service.
"The direct service on the state-of-the-art A350 aircraft offers
a super convenient way to get to Hong Kong, and also links to
dozens of other destinations across Asia and Europe too," he
"The second highest increase in travellers on the flights were
those travelling on a United Kingdom passport and the third
increase was from China.
"All of this added up to an eight percent increase, and a total
of 48 countries, using the service, which has prompted the airline
to respond to the obvious need."
Mr Watson says as well as increasing numbers of passengers on
the Christchurch-Hong Kong flights, South Island producers
welcomed getting their produce to key markets quickly and
effectively through what is the largest freight airport in the
"There is no doubt this summer service is a win-win for the
South Island and underlines the fact that there is nowhere in the
world people cannot get to by making their first international
flight out of Christchurch," he says.