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Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand extend services between Hong Kong and New Zealand Cathay Pacific’s Manchester service to go daily from December

07 Apr 2017

Airline strengthens UK connectivity by announcing
frequency boost to northern English city

Cathay Pacific has announced that its current four-times-weekly Hong Kong to Manchester service will become a daily operation from 1 December 2017.

Having announced in March that it would be increasing the number of weekly flights to the northern English city to six by the end of the year, the airline is boosting frequency further in response to growing customer demand.

From June onwards, the Airbus A350-900 will replace the Boeing 777-300ER on all flights to Manchester, making it the second Cathay Pacific destination in the UK, after Gatwick, to receive the technologically advanced aircraft.

Paul Loo, Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Development and IT Paul Loo said: “We have been delighted by the popularity of our Manchester route ever since its launch in December 2014 and our frequency increases are a direct result of us responding to the needs of our customers. The enhanced schedule will provide business and leisure travellers with more choice and greater flexibility in planning their trips for added convenience, while at the same time strengthening Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s leading aviation hub.”

Mark Pirihi, Country Manager for New Zealand and Pacific Is, said that the increased flights to Manchester will have great appeal for the expatriate UK community in New Zealand.

“Cathay Pacific has served the UK for 35 years and London will always be one of our most important destinations. But increased flights to Manchester will give New Zealand travellers even more choice when visiting relatives or popular tourist areas such as the Lake District, Yorkshire and Scotland.”

Cathay Pacific, already the largest operator of flights between Hong Kong and the UK, is committed to growing its reach in its longest serving long-haul market. The airline serves London Heathrow with five daily flights, while Gatwick, currently a four-times-weekly service, will go daily from 1 June.

Cathay Pacific has been growing its long-haul network considerably in recent years, launching services to Zurich and Düsseldorf in 2015 followed by Madrid and Gatwick in 2016. A new A350-operated service to Tel Aviv commenced last month, while seasonal operations to Barcelona and Christchurch will debut in July and December respectively.

Featuring the airline’s latest products in Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class, Cathay Pacific’s A350 aircraft encapsulates its brand promise of providing a “Life Well Travelled”. In addition to the latest seats and an enhanced inflight entertainment system, the aircraft is Wi-Fi equipped, meaning passengers can stay connected throughout their journey.

The flight schedule for Cathay Pacific’s Manchester (MAN) service will be as follows (all times local):

Manchester Airport (MAN) effective 1 December 2017

Flight no

From

To

Departure/Arrival

Days of operation

CX357

HKG

MAN

0110/0620

Daily

CX358

MAN

HKG

1155/0730+1

Daily

Note: Flight schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Pauline Ray, Corporate Communication Manager, T: 09 3772 907 pauline_ray@cathaypacific.com

Michelle Burgess, Assistant Marketing Services Mgr, T: 09 3790 833 michelle_burgess@cathaypacific.com

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