Cathay Pacific has announced that it will operate its new Dublin to Hong Kong service four times per week from June 2018 – making access to the Chinese market even easier for Irish shippers and business travellers.
It will be Dublin Airport’s first ever direct route to the Asia-Pacific region.
Cathay Pacific chief executive Rupert Hogg has said: “We’re excited to offer the only direct flights between Hong Kong and Dublin. Dublin is a fantastic destination and attracts business and leisure travellers from the world over. We listened to our customers’ demands for more options and greater flexibility and have responded by building direct air links with this great city”.
Trade between Ireland and China is worth more than €8bn per year, and almost 100 Irish firms have operations in China.
Currently about 40,000 people per year travel between Dublin and Hong Kong – while an estimated 4,000 Irish people live in Hong Kong, according to the Irish embassy in China.
Hong Kong will provide 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.
Cathay Pacific will operate the new service with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft from June 2nd, 2018.