Cathay Pacific boosts services to Barcelona, Tel Aviv and Fukuoka

HONG Kong's flag carrier Cathay Pacific announced that its seasonal operation to Barcelona during the summer peak will become a year-round service from April 15 2018 - starting with three weekly services and increasing to a four-times-weekly service from July 1 2018.

The new flights, which will be operated by the technologically-advanced Airbus A350-900, will complement Cathay Pacific's existing four-times weekly service to Madrid (which increases to five times a week from October 29 2017), meaning the airline will provide more non-stop flights to Spain from Asia than any other carrier.

Cathay Pacific director Commercial and Cargo, Ronald Lam, explained that the popularity of the seasonal route, which commenced on July 2 and is scheduled until October 28 2017, was pivotal in the decision to make Barcelona a year-round destination.

Customer demand and satisfaction for Cathay Pacific's services between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv are also reasons behind the airline's decision to announce additional frequencies between the two cities from next summer.

Launched in March 2017 as a four-times-weekly operation, the Airbus A350-900-operated route will be served six times a week from March 25 2018, increasing to daily throughout October and November. Mr Lam said: "We are delighted by how well the Tel Aviv service has been received, with high load factors being sustained since its launch."

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific's regional carrier Cathay Dragon will be increasing the frequency of its services between Hong Kong and Fukuoka from December 18 2017. The airline will initially operate an additional weekly flight to Japan's fifth largest city, bringing the total number of flights per week to eight, increasing to 11 flights per week between January 4 and March 24 2018.

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