Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s home airline, has announced it will recommence passenger flights between Auckland and Hong Kong, starting Monday, June 4. The airline will be operating two flights to and from Hong Kong in June, in addition to the single weekly Air New Zealand operated codeshare flight. Cathay Pacific hopes to be able to add more flights to its growing schedule in the subsequent months to follow.
The news comes as countries around the world ease travel restrictions. Hong Kong has recently lifted the ban on transit traffic, and New Zealand has abolished Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) for Kiwis, opened the border to temporary work and student visa holders, as well as Australian citizens and residents.
“It is fantastic to be coming back to New Zealand and once again be able to offer our customers the superior service Cathay Pacific is known for,” says Richard Jones, Regional Acting Head of South West Pacific.
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“Our lounges are now starting to reopen, and with our Fly Worry Free promise, passengers can travel with confidence with the ability to make unlimited ticket changes without the usual change fees until 31 December, 2022.”
Jones says that since Kiwis last travelled, there will likely be a few additional pre-departure steps to fulfil to ultimately ensure a smooth journey.
“Masks will need to be worn in the cabin when seated and when moving around, and most countries still require a negative PCR test result pre-departure. Entry requirements will differ in each destination so it is important that customers research what’s required well ahead of time and we strongly suggest they check in via the Cathay Pacific website 48 hours in advance.”
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Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said; “We are seeing improved demand for passenger flights and have been trying our best to operate additional services. As always, we will remain agile in order to identify and capitalise on any opportunities should they arise.
“Although Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong continue to face many short-term challenges, our confidence in the long-term future of both Cathay Pacific and the Hong Kong international aviation hub remains as steadfast as ever.” The flights are bookable via www.cathaypacific.com
Mike Yardley is our resident traveller on Jack Tame Saturday Mornings.