Milan will gain a direct flight link with Hong Kong when Cathay Pacific launches a non-stop service on March 28.
Flights will operate four times a week (daily except Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) with B777-300ERs. At the time of writing, no other carrier plies between these two cities so Cathay Pacific will have the route all to itself.
Right now travellers must take indirect routings and fly, for example, via Zurich, Frankfurt or London Heathrow. This procedure can add several hours to the overall journey time.
Cathay’s new service will be popular with Northern Italian and Swiss business travellers wishing to fly both to Hong Kong itself and to destinations beyond in Asia and Australasia.
Asian executives will appreciate this new and easier way of accessing Italy’s capital of finance and fashion and the entire business heartland of the North including cities such as Genoa, Turin and Verona.
It’s also worth noting that Malpensa airport lies very close to Swiss Ticino (the Italian-speaking zone of Switzerland) where there will be further business opportunities.
Flight schedules will be:
- CX235 departing Hong Kong 0005 and arriving into Milan Malpensa at 0735
- CX216 departing Milan Malpensa 1325 and arriving into Hong Hong at 0700 the following day.
Flights are available for booking on cathaypacific.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter