Cathay Pacific has announced plans to increase the frequency of selected routes to the UK, US, France, Spain and Australia.

The carrier will expand its existing Manchester-Hong Kong service to six flights per week from early December, while its Madrid-Hong Kong route will rise to five flights per week from October, and frequencies to Paris will return to 11 flights per week from December.

Cathay had already recently announced an increase in its existing Manchester-Hong Kong service from four to five flights per week this June 2, as well as an expanded daily service on its Gatwick-Hong Kong route from June 1. Manchester flights will also see the introduction of the A350 from June.

Outside of Europe, Cathay will increase flights to San Francisco to three times-daily from the end of October, but at the same time services to Los Angeles will be reduced from 28 to 21 flights per week.

In Australia the carrier will split out its current Hong Kong-Cairns-Brisbane service into separate direct flights during the peak summer period between October and March.

The move will see Brisbane being served by a total of 11 weekly non-stop flights (with its existing daily non-stop service being operated by the A350 from March 26), while the Hong Kong-Cairns service will operate three times per week.

Commenting on the frequency increases Paul Loo, Cathay Pacific director corporate development and IT, said:

“Our network enhancements are designed to improve our customers’ experience through greater choice and added convenience.

“Increasing frequencies to these popular Cathay Pacific destinations strengthens our ability to connect our passengers with all corners of the world in addition to growing our home hub of Hong Kong.”

Cathay recently announced plans to launch flights to Barcelona from July, and will increase frequencies to Toronto to double daily this summer.