Cathay Pacific is to increase the number of flights it
offers to three key destinations - Paris, Shanghai and Jakarta. The
service enhancements will be introduced in the airline’s summer
schedule, which comes into effect on 29 March 2009.
An additional four flights a week will be added
to and from Paris - departing Hong Kong every Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday - meaning the airline will provide a
double-daily service to the French capital.
In another change effective from the summer
schedule, Cathay Pacific will add two more flights each day to
Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, with early and
late-afternoon departures from Hong Kong, taking the airline’s
total to three flights daily.
For Jakarta, the existing twice-daily service
from Hong Kong will be supplemented by three more flights a week,
departing Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and departing from the
Indonesian capital late the same day.
Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Development
Ian Shiu said, “We are pleased to be able to strengthen our
services to these three cities and I’m sure passengers will
appreciate the additional choice and increased convenience when
planning their journeys. Overall, Cathay Pacific’s capacity will
grow at less than 1% this year - a significant reduction on our
original plan as a result of the current financial crisis – but we
will take whatever opportunities we can to strengthen those routes
where demand and revenue potential remain high.”
The Hong Kong-based airline has also reduced its fuel surcharges.
The new surcharges of HK$61 (US$7.8) for
short-haul services in North and South East Asia and HK$280
(US$35.9) for long-haul services will apply from 1 February for a
two-month period to 31 March 2009.
The adjustments represent reductions of about
44% from the current surcharges of HK$108 (US$13.8) for short-haul
services and HK$499 (US$64) for long-haul services.
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