Cathay Pacific launches direct flights to HK from Gatwick

Cathay's A350 at Gawtick Airport
Cathay’s A350 at Gawtick Airport

Another vital connection to global markets launched last week with Cathay Pacific’s first direct flights to Hong Kong from Gatwick – encouraging the growth of trading links with China and the wider Far East – the airport announced.

China is the UK’s second biggest export market outside Europe and the new four-times-a-week service to Hong Kong is Gatwick’s third new route to the country this year – with Chongqing, the commercial capital of South West China, and Tianjin, China’s third biggest city – also flown to from the airport.

The new service is Cathay Pacific’s first UK long-haul route to feature the brand new Airbus 350-900.

The new Cathay Pacific service cements Gatwick’s place in the premier league of airports offering 50+ long haul routes across the globe.  With Cathay Pacific and its sister airline, Cathay Dragon, connecting to 22 destinations on the Chinese mainland from Hong Kong International, the new service provides vital connections for UK businesses trading with China.

Cathay Pacific is also hosting its inaugural ‘Enabling Great Business 2016’ event this September to celebrate and explore trade between Britain, China and South-East Asia.  Hosted in partnership with HSBC, the event will take place at the Shard, London Bridge on 22 September.

Guy Stephenson, CCO of Gatwick Airport, said: “Hong Kong is the premier gateway to China and we are delighted to welcome Cathay Pacific – one of the World’s premier airlines – to Gatwick. The new flights mark an important milestone in the growth of the Gatwick long haul network, which now more than ever provides the UK economy with vital routes into the World’s most important markets.”

Cathay Pacific’s GM for Europe, Neil Glenn, said: “We are committed to providing our passengers with greater choice and flexibility, and this new non-stop service from Gatwick to Hong Kong is testament to this.  With 2016 marking Cathay Pacific’s 70th anniversary, we are proud to now offer passengers three non-stop routes from the UK to Hong Kong, and then beyond.”


Summer schedule in 2016

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX344 LGW HKG 1240/0705+1 Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun
CX343 HKG LGW 0055/0630 Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun


Winter schedule in 2016

Flight no From To Departure/Arrival Days of operation
CX344 LGW HKG 1135/0705+1 Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun
CX343 HKG LGW 0055/0550 Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun

Note: Flight numbers and schedules are subject to approval and may change without prior notice.

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