Cathay Pacific has today revealed it will launch a seasonal non-stop service to Cape Town later this year, linking the popular South African city with Hong Kong for the first time.

The three-times-weekly service will run between November 13 2018 and February 18 2019 on board an A350-900 aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said new service was a response to customer demand for travel to the scenic Western Cape throughout the southern hemisphere’s peak summer months.

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It would also provide an another option for South African-based travellers looking to fly on Cathay Pacific to Asia and beyond via Hong Kong.

“We are very pleased to be able to expand our services in Africa, a booming aviation market. Growing our reach to destinations that are not otherwise served from Hong Kong creates considerable new opportunities for business, trade and tourism, in addition to strengthening our home hub.”

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg.

Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winded said he was  thrilled with the new route which would allow the city to unlock massive tourism potential from the East, a market that was already important to them.


Cape Town is a major financial and business services centre as well as being the  gateway to the Western Cape’s flourishing wine and agricultural region.

The port city’s appeal is built on its minimalist architecture, lively harbour and nightlife, beaches and mountainous surroundings.

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