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Cathay Pacific announces new services to Delhi

12 Feb 2001

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it will launch a new non-stop service between Hong Kong and India's capital Delhi. The service will start on Monday 26 March and operate four times a week using Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Delhi is an important addition to Cathay Pacific's passenger network and will help further strengthen Hong Kong’s place as Asia's leading aviation centre.

Cathay Pacific made the decision to operate to Delhi just days after the conclusion of an air traffic rights agreement between Hong Kong and India on 19 January. The two Governments agreed to allow extra seat capacity between Hong Kong and India. Cathay Pacific has been interested in flying to Delhi for many years.

Cathay Pacific's Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive David Turnbull said: "We are delighted our long-cherished plans to fly between Hong Kong and Delhi can now become reality. We believe there is tremendous demand on this route and we are confident this will become one of the most popular services in our network."

Delhi will become Cathay Pacific's second passenger destination in India. The airline began flying to India's commercial capital Mumbai in 1982 and currently operates four flights a week on that route. In September last year Cathay Pacific began operating freighter aircraft to Delhi.

Delhi is one of the world's most fascinating cities. Its attractions include famous temples, monuments, historic fortresses, colourful bazaars, tree-lined avenues, and excellent food. As the travel hub of Northern India, it is also an excellent base for exploring India's leading tourist destinations such as Agra and the Taj Mahal.

The route should also prove popular with business travellers given the increasing business ties between India, Hong Kong, and Mainland China.

Details of the Delhi service are as follows:
Hong Kong - Delhi
01:20am next day
Delhi - Hong Kong

These flights will be open for booking immediately. Passengers can book through their travel agent or contact Cathay Pacific reservations at 2747-1888.
Lisa Wong, Corporate Communication Manager, Public Affairs, (852) 2747-5393
Maria Yu, Assistant Corporate Communication Manager, (852) 2747-5363