Cathay confirms direct daily Zurich service

19 May 2014 by GrahamSmith

Cathay Pacific will launch a direct daily service from Hong Kong to Zurich in 2015, it was confirmed today.

The airline will deploy a B777-300ER in a four-class configuration on the route, which is scheduled to start on March 29 next year, subject to government approval.

Outbound service CX383 will depart HKG at 0015 and arrive in Zurich at 0655, while return flight CX382 will take-off from Zurich at 1330 and land in Hong Kong at 0645 the following day.

The announcement comes six weeks after Business Traveller first reported that Cathay's expansion in Europe will see new routes to Manchester and Zurich (see news, April 1).

A four-times weekly Hong Kong to Manchester route was subsequently confirmed (see news, April 10).

Ivan Chu, Cathay Pacific's chief executive, said: "Zurich and Hong Kong are two of the world’s leading financial centres, where people appreciate high standards of service, and we are seeing considerable demand for a quality travel experience, especially on long-haul routes.

"Cathay Pacific already has a significant presence in Europe and this new destination will help meet demand for both business and leisure travel between Switzerland and Hong Kong.

"The launch of Zurich, together with the recently announced introduction of flights to Manchester, highlights our ongoing commitment to helping strengthen Hong Kong's position as one of the world's great international aviation hubs."

Graham Smith

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