Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways is currently operating three flights a week on the Perth route and from early December will increase this to a total of five services per week.
From 6 December, CX171 will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It departs from Hong Kong at 1515 and arrives in Perth at 2250.
The return flight CX170 will operate on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It departs from Perth at 0010 and arrives in Hong Kong at 0740.
Using an Airbus A350-900 which has a total of 280 seats including 38 lie-flat business class seats, 28 premium economy and 214 standard economy class seats.
The business cabin is configured 1-2-1; premium economy is in a 2-4-2 setup; and standard economy is configured 3-3-3.
Cathay Pacific is currently the only airline operating nonstop Hong Kong-Perth flights.
Perth airport acting CEO, Kate Holsgrove, said that exports of fresh produce from Western Australia (WA), business travellers, students, tourists and those visiting family and friends are key focus markets between Perth and Hong Kong.
“Cathay Pacific’s increased services will bring an additional 58,240 seats into the Perth market.
“Cathay Pacific has excellent connections throughout North Asia including mainland China, South Korea and Japan, as well as options through to the USA and Canada offering Western Australians access to a range of travel destinations.
“This is another significant step forward in WA’s international aviation recovery,” said Holsgrove.
In the Southern hemisphere, Cathay Pacific also will resume flights to Christchurch from December.
The Cathay Pacific Group, comprising passenger airlines Cathay Pacific and HK Express, has been progressively rebuilding its passenger flight capacity and expects to resume 70 per cent of pre-pandemic passenger capacity levels, covering 80 destinations by the end of 2023.
Services from Cathay Pacific’s home hub of Hong Kong to Chicago and Johannesburg have recently been announced.
The Hong Kong flag carrier’s latest financial and traffic figures also show continued improvement.