There were celebrations in Dublin on 2 June to mark the launch of Cathay Pacific Airways flights from Hong Kong, the Irish airport’s first direct service to the Asia Pacific. James Ginns, GM Europe, Cathay Pacific and Vincent Harrison, MD Dublin Airport, shared the ceremonial ribbon cutting duties.
- Cathay Pacific Airways launched a new connection between Hong Kong (HKG) and Dublin (DUB) on 2 June. The 9,827-kilometre city pair will be operated four times weekly with A350-900s and faces no direct competition. The new service becomes Dublin’s first ever direct route to the Asia Pacific region. “We are delighted to welcome Cathay Pacific to Dublin Airport and to Ireland,” said Vincent Harrison, MD, Dublin Airport. “Today is the result of collaboration of many years work with a wide range of other bodies such as the Irish Embassy in China, the Consulate in Hong Kong, our colleagues at Tourism Ireland and other key stakeholders such as IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia. Trade between Ireland and China is worth more than €8 billion per annum and almost 100 Irish firms have operations in China, employing a total of 100,000 people there. With an estimated 4,000 Irish people living in Hong Kong and about 40,000 people per year travelling between our two cities I have no doubt this new route will be popular for business and leisure travellers. We will work closely with Cathay Pacific to market the new route.” James Ginns, GM Europe, Cathay Pacific, said: “We’re delighted that Ireland’s first and only non-stop flight to Hong Kong has been well-received by customers. Our team is thrilled to be able have a role in fostering bilateral tourism and economic growth between Ireland and Asia. We feel confident that this new route will continue to bring more convenience and choice to the Irish public and optimise opportunities for Irish businesses.”