New Dublin to Hong Kong flight takes off
June 6, 2018
The first non-stop flight between Dublin and Hong Kong took off from Dublin on 2nd June.
The Cathay Pacific service carried a full complement of 280 passengers. The flight code CX306 is an Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
The route is the airline’s third new European service in 2018, following direct flights from Brussels and Copenhagen in March and May. The Hong Kong-based airline currently operates to 15 destinations in Europe.
Cathay Pacific general manager for Europe, James Ginns, said: “We’re delighted that Ireland’s first and only non-stop flight to Hong Kong has been well-received by our customers.
“Our team is thrilled to be able have a role in fostering bilateral tourism and economic growth between Ireland and Asia.
“We feel confident that this new route will continue to bring more convenience and choice to the Irish public and optimise opportunities for Irish businesses.”
Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said this is a momentous day.
“We are delighted to welcome Cathay Pacific to Dublin Airport and to Ireland.
“Today is the result of collaboration of many years work with a wide range of other bodies such as Irish Embassy in China, the Consulate in Hong Kong, our colleagues at Tourism Ireland and other key stakeholders such as IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia.”
Trade between Ireland and China is worth more than €8bn per year, and almost 100 Irish firms have operations in China – employing a total of 100,000 people there.
The direct service operates on a four-times-weekly basis – departing Dublin every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday – and arriving in Hong Kong at 7.00am the next day.
There are an estimated 4,000 Irish people living in Hong Kong and about 40,000 people per year travelling between the two cities.