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Cathay Pacific celebrates 10 years in Surabaya

03 Jun 2005

Cathay Pacific Airways today celebrated 10 years of operation to Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, with a gala reception and the airline’s signature “Walking on Air” catwalk show of cabin crew uniforms throughout its almost 60-year history. The event was hosted by Cathay Pacific Regional Manager Southeast Asia Patrick Yeung.

The airline started services to Surabaya in 1995 with two services a week and doubled that to four weekly flights in 1 November 2004. As the gateway to East Indonesia, Surabaya clearly fits into Cathay Pacific’s long-term strategy to strengthen its regional network and build hub connections in Hong Kong to points in the Chinese Mainland and other parts of the world.

Surabaya, a manufacturing centre, complements Cathay Pacific’s services to Jakarta, which first started in 1961, and is the country’s most important destination for business travellers, and to Denpasar, Bali, which first started in 1971 and have flourished with the island’s tourist economy.

Cathay Pacific’s passenger business from Surabaya is split evenly between business travellers flying direct to Hong Kong and China, local workers heading for jobs in Hong Kong, and travellers continuing beyond to cities in North Asia, North America and Europe. Cathay Pacific doubled it frequency of flight to and from the city in order to meet demand for customers making onward connections in Hong Kong.

Cargo shipments are also split fairly evenly between fresh seafood and other perishables bound for Hong Kong and China, frozen seafood and manufactured goods headed to North Asia and a mix of other goods to North American and Europe.

Cathay Pacific Regional Manager Southeast Asia Patrick Yeung said: “Cathay Pacific has been present in Indonesia for more than 40 years. Celebrating our 10-year anniversary in Surabaya underlines our commitment through thick and thin as a reliable partner to Indonesia in the continued development of business, tourism and trade. By strengthening Hong Kong as a global hub and gateway to Chinese Mainland, Cathay Pacific will ultimately be able to better serve Indonesia.”