Cathay Pacific to fly Hong Kong – Christchurch direct from December

Cathay Pacific has announced it will introduce a new seasonal service between Hong Kong and Christchurch from December 2017, directly linking the two cities by air for the first time.

The non-stop Christchurch service will operate three times a week, departing Hong Kong on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays on Airbus A350 aircraft, highlighting the airline's commitment to New Zealand, a country it has served since 1983, and providing a welcome boost for tourism to Canterbury and the South Island.

Subject to regulatory approvals, the new service will operate between 1 December 2017 and 28 February 2018.

Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Development and IT Paul Loo said the new Christchurch service will meet customer demand for travel to New Zealand throughout the southern hemisphere's peak summer months, as well as provide a convenient option for South Island-based travellers looking to fly on Cathay Pacific to Asia and beyond via the Hong Kong hub.

"We are an airline that puts the needs of our customers at the heart of every decision we make. Christchurch, and indeed the South Island as a whole, is a magnificent part of the world, so we are really excited to be able to connect this new and breathtaking destination direct with our Hong Kong home," said Mr Loo.

Cathay Pacific Country Manager NZ and Pacific Islands, Mark Pirihi, says the airline is delighted to connect South Island travellers with its comprehensive global network.

"Travellers now have more choice with a one-stop service from Christchurch to a multitude of destinations across Europe and Asia via our global transport hub of Hong Kong. Adding Christchurch to the network also provides inbound passengers with a convenient and comfortable direct service to the gateway of the many scenic attractions of the South
Island."

Cathay Pacific has expanded its long-haul network significantly in recent times. In March, the airline will commence a four-times-weekly service to Tel Aviv, while July sees the introduction of a four-times-weekly seasonal operation to Barcelona. These new services follow the addition of both Madrid and Gatwick in 2016.