Cathay have announced a 10% increase in their flights between the UK and Hong Kong, showcasing a high demand for the popular long-haul city pair. A total of 43 flights a week between the UK has been enabled be the introduction of a new four-times-weekly service to London’s Gatwick Airport on 2 September 2016, (subject to government approval). The carrier stopped flying to Gatwick back in 1993.
The new service will complement the airline’s current five-times-daily service to Heathrow Airport for a total of 39 flights a week between Hong Kong and London – more than any other carrier. In addition to serving London, Cathay Pacific also offers a four-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Manchester in the United Kingdom.
The interesting news is that Cathay Pacific will operate the Gatwick service with its brand new Airbus A350-900 aircraft featuring the ‘yet to be revealed’ refreshed Business Class cabin as well as new Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats. This is the first A350 operator into Gatwick, and it is interesting to see the carrier put their latest flagship aircraft on the route, rather than shifting the A350 to the prestigious Heathrow flights. The good news is those wanting to spot the new Cathay Livery, should head to Gatwick from September next year, as every Cathay flight will feature the fantastic new livery design.
It’s also not been announced whether the airline will offer code-sharing on continuing flights from Gatwick with OneWorld partner british airways, which will offer new destinations to Cathay Passengers with decent connections to New York, Lima in Peru and a variety of leisure destinations across the Caribbean.