Update August 24, 2019: Cathay Pacific has postponed the resumption of its Tokushima flights until December 11. See here.
Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways is adding new service to the Japanese city of Niigata this winter, as well as resuming flights to Tokushima.
The new twice-weekly service to Niigata starts October 30, 2019. The region is famous for its snowy winters and therefore ideal for skiing and snowboarding. Cathay Dragon will operate the route on Wednesdays and Saturdays, subject to regulatory approval, using a two-class Airbus A330 aircraft. This will be the only non-stop service connecting Niigata with Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, the seasonal service to Tokushima on Shikoku Island, launched last winter, will return on November 9, subject to government approval. Two weekly Cathay Dragon flights, also operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays, will run throughout the winter season using a two-class A320.
“Japan is one of the most popular destinations for Hong Kong travellers and our routes there consistently perform well. Opening up routes to destinations not currently served from is a key part of our growth strategy and further boosts Hong Kong’s status as the leading international aviation hub in Asia,” said Paul Loo, Cathay Pacific’s chief customer and commercial officer.
The schedule for the Niigata flights is as follows:
|KA308||Hong Kong (HKG)||Niigata (KIJ)||1030/1530||Wednesday, Saturday||30 October 2019 to 28 March 2020|
|KA309||Niigata (KIJ)||Hong Kong (HKG)||1700/2130||Wednesday, Saturday||30 October 2019 to 28 March 2020|
And the schedule for the Tokushima flights is as follows:
|KA322||Hong Kong (HKG)||Tokushima (TKS)||0925/1400||Wednesday, Saturday||9 November 2019 to 28 March 2020|
|KA323||Tokushima (TKS)||Hong Kong (HKG)||1615/1935||Wednesday, Saturday||9 November 2019 to 28 March 2020|
Earlier this year, Cathay Pacific launched a new scheduled summer seasonal service to Komatsu, opening up Ishikawa Prefecture’s rich natural landscapes and cultural attractions to travellers. The Komatsu service is scheduled to operate until 26 October 2019.