Cathay Pacific will launch direct flights between Adelaide and Cairns and Hong Kong next year, while shifting all inbound Melbourne and Brisbane flights to non-stop status.
The airline's new schedule, which is slated to take effect from March 30th 2014, will no longer see Adelaide-HK flights routed via Melbourne, or Cairns-HL services via Brisbane.
However, flights between Adelaide and Hong Kong will be scaled back to four direct flights per week, rather than the daily service via Melbourne, although the airlines expects the non-stop flights will increase the number of available seats by 14 per cent.
"While the timing of the flights is subject to confirmation, Cathay Pacific intends to improve connection times and increase the number of short same day connections including to China from Adelaide", the airline says.
There will also be four direct Cairns-Hong Kong flights per week times for "great connections to and from mainland China as well as across Asia, Europe and the Indian subcontinent", although an additional four flights from Brisbane will continue to stop in Cairns.
Brisbane will also see a re-timing of its daily CX146 service to Hong Kong, with departure shifting to 1am (!) to reach Hong Kong at 7.45am (compared to the current 10.55am / 5.55pm schedule).
As of March 30th next year, all of Cathay’s thrice-daily flights from Hong Long to Melbourne will be non-stop.
For further information on the changes and revised flight timings, contact Cathay Pacific.
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