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Cathay Pacific Granted Further Rights for Mainland Services

19 Oct 2004

Cathay Pacific Airways was today informed by the HKSAR Government that it has been granted rights to operate additional passenger services to Beijing as well as new cargo services to Shanghai and passenger services to Xiamen.

The airline has been allocated rights to operate four additional weekly services to Beijing during the Winter 2004 season and a further seven weekly flights from Summer 2005.

The airline will also be allocated rights upon designation to operate three weekly passenger services to Xiamen and 12 weekly freighter services to Shanghai, both with effect from Winter 2004.

With these allocations Cathay Pacific intends to increase its three-times-weekly service to Beijing to a daily service from December 2004, operate a three-times-weekly passenger service to Xiamen and launch twelve weekly freighter services to Shanghai in 2005, subject to operational requirements.

Cathay Pacific Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said: “Cathay Pacific is committed and ready to serve key cities in the Mainland in order to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a global aviation hub and the primary gateway to the Chinese Mainland.

“Being able to operate a daily service to Beijing is welcome, yet still a small entry into this market. There also remains a need to secure an early start of Cathay Pacific passenger services to Shanghai, currently the third-busiest passenger route out of Hong Kong after Taipei and Bangkok. This would be the most effective way to increase the volume of passenger traffic to and through Hong Kong.”

Cathay Pacific has been licensed to operate 21 weekly services to each of Beijing and Shanghai, and three weekly services to Xiamen.