Cathay Pacific has announced a new seasonal service between Barcelona and Hong Kong, the first direct non-stop route between the two destinations.

The four-times-weekly service will launch on July 2 and run until October 27, joining the carrier’s existing route between Hong Kong and Madrid, which launched in June last year.

Flight CX321 will depart Hong Kong at 0020 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, landing into Barcelona at 0735, with the return leg leaving the Catalonian capital at 1350 and arriving back into Hong Kong at 0805 the following day.

The service will be operated by the carrier’s new A350-900 aircraft, featuring a three-class business, premium economy and economy configuration.

Commenting on the move Cathay Pacific’s CEO Ivan Chu said:

“Barcelona is a great city for its tourism and rich culture that attracts visitors from around the world. We’re excited to offer the first-ever direct link between Hong Kong and Barcelona, which follows the launch of our Madrid service last year.

“This new summer service reflects our commitment to grow the Cathay Pacific network and offer customers more choice. This further strengthens Hong Kong’s status as one of the world’s most important aviation hubs.”

Korean Air recently announced plans to fly between Seoul’s Incheon International airport and Barcelona from April, representing the first direct flights to the Catalan capital from Northeast Asia.

In other news Cathay Pacific will move its New York JFK operations from Terminal 7 to Terminal 8 this weekend.

As previously reported by Business Traveller, the move means that Cathay Pacific passengers will be able to connect with a number of Oneworld carriers, principally American Airlines for onwards flights, without transferring between terminals.