Cathay Pacific Airways is adding a fifth weekly flight to Adelaide from 2 December 2015. The new flight will increase the airline’s capacity on the route by 25% and brings the weekly number of seats to 2500.
Cathay Pacific Airways Southwest Pacific’s General Manager, Nelson Chin, said that the increase is a direct response to high demand from both inbound and outbound passengers.
“Since we introduced our new schedule in early April last year which provides better connections, particularly to the UK and Chinese destinations, we have seen demand surge,” he said. “Our flights have been very popular and we have seen increased numbers of tourists into Adelaide from mainland China, as well as South Australians taking advantage of the fast connections to China, Asia, London and North America via Hong Kong.
“The fifth flight will depart Hong Kong on Wednesday night and depart Adelaide on Thursday morning, making Adelaide departures available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, giving South Australian passengers more flexibility in their travel plans,” said Mr Chin.
“We are also working closely with Tourism South Australia to promote the State in Hong Kong, mainland China and other key markets and this is proving to be a very good partnership,” he added.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the additional flight into Adelaide was excellent news for South Australia.
“The additional flight will play a role in helping us reach our goal of 57,000 Chinese visitors by 2020 and build an $8 billion tourism industry by 2020,” he said.