South Australia is getting another boost to the tourism and export market with the return of Cathay Pacific’s fifth weekly service from 6 July 2017. The additional flight will see the premium airline increase its capacity on the route by 25 per cent and brings the weekly number of seats to 2500, as well as adding space for 15 tonnes of cargo.
According to Nelson Chin, GM Cathay Pacific Airways Southwest Pacific, the airline sees Adelaide as an important destination: “We’ve not only seen increased numbers of tourists into Adelaide from mainland China, but also South Australians taking advantage of the one-stop connections via our Hong Kong hub. For example, it’s less than 23 hours to London, 13.5 hours to Beijing and Shanghai, and one-stop to New York in just over 27 hours.
The airline, which has been flying to Adelaide for over 20 years, is proud of its involvement in encouraging tourists to visit South Australia. Leon Bignell, Minister for Tourism, said, “We are delighted that Cathay Pacific, one of our key airline partners, is increasing flights. The state has seen tremendous growth in tourism in the last year with our visitor economy at the highest level on record of $6.2 billion.”
Mark Young, Managing Director, Adelaide Airport added: “This is great news for international travellers. Our customers have clearly shown their support for Cathay Pacific’s same-day connections to mainland China and this will provide further options for passengers as well as South Australian exporters.”
South Australian produce also makes an appearance on board Cathay Pacific flights from Adelaide with leading skincare brand Jurlique featured in the Business Class amenity kits; d’Arenberg and RockBare wines currently served on board, as well as Maggie Beer ice-cream and quince paste, and Beerenberg Farm jam.