Cathay Pacific ups direct Delhi service

CATHAY Pacific yesterday announced it is making changes to its New Delhi schedule and will offer double daily non-stop flights to Hong Kong starting March 31.

The airline that is at present operating a daily non-stop flight on the sector, will convert its other Delhi-Bangkok-Hong Kong flight to a direct service.

Utilising A330 aircraft for both non-stop flights, the first flight from Delhi will arrive at Hong Kong International Airport at 07.00 and the second flight at 09.25, directly connecting passengers to destinations such as Australia, North America, Korea, Japan, China and the Philippines offered by the airline and its sister Dragonair.

The airline is also planning to enhance the frequency of its Kolkata-Hong Kong service, operated through Dragonair, by adding two more flights by end-2014.

“We have utilised all our traffic rights to India except Kolkata, where we can operate two more flights. We are hoping to operate daily flights to the city by year-end,” said Rakesh Raicar, regional sales and marketing manager, South Asia, Cathay Pacific.

India is among the top 10 markets for Cathay Pacific. The airline saw growth of 25 per cent last year with the addition of Kolkata and Hyderabad to its network.

The airline recorded an average load factor of 82 per cent in India in 2013. It currently operates 47 weekly flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bengaluru.

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