Cathay Pacific has announced that its non-stop seasonal flight between Cape Town and Hong Kong will be returning from November 20199 and February 2020. The route will operate alongside the existing daily non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Hong Kong.
Commenting on this, Beverley Schäfer, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, said: Hong Kong is a major economic hub and a gateway to the rest of Asia, allowing us to develop tourism and trade between the Western Cape and other key regions. The return of this seasonal flight is a sign that there were positive uptake and support for the first seasonal route and we look forward to welcoming more of Cathay Pacific's passengers."
Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for economic opportunities and asset management in the City of Cape Town added: "The return of this popular seasonal route shows that demand is growing and with more flights, it will keep people coming into Cape Town, which is one of our main aims. On behalf of the city of Cape Town, I would like to thank everyone concerned in making this a reality."
Wesgro CEO Tim Harris said: "The Cape Town Air Access partnership is excited by this announcement, and the boost it will provide for the Western Cape economy.
"The seasonal Hong Kong route has not only connected two popular cities, but it has also affected positive growth. Compared to the same period in 2017/18, the seasonal Hong Kong 2018/19 route saw a 10% increase in two-way passengers between the Western Cape and the greater Asian market. This means increased business and tourism, and a positive benefit to our local economy."