06 November, 2018

Cathay Pacific signs codeshare deal....but not with an airline!

Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific has agreed a new codeshare deal that will greatly benefit passengers arriving in Hong Kong with onward travel, but it is not, as you'd probably expect, with an airline!

The new deal that executives from Cathay have signed is with Chu Kong Passenger Transport Co., Ltd (CKS), a ferry company and this will mean, from this week, the “CX” Cathay Pacific flight code will appear on CKS’ high-speed ferry services (3A) operating between Hong Kong International Airport and the following Greater Bay Area ports of Humen, Lianhuashan, Nansha, Shekou, Fuyong (for Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport), Zhongshan and Zhuhai.

The arrangement is designed to provide unrivalled access throughout the Greater Bay Area with direct flights between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, in addition to an extensive network of road and ferry connections to Macao and Guangdong province. The new codeshare agreement enhances connectivity yet further with the aim of delivering a seamless customer journey.

During the initial launch stage, Cathay Pacific customers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States can book travel to these ports through the airline’s local websites, with tickets now available for sale. Customers in mainland China can book through selected travel agencies. Booking eligibility will be extended to other international markets over the months ahead.

The airline’s customers travelling on these services, which depart from the SkyPier at Hong Kong International Airport, will be able to enjoy check-through baggage and a choice of sailings, ensuring expedient and flexible inter-modal transport connectivity.

Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said: “We are delighted to partner with CKS and provide our customers with greater choice and more options. Extending our reach to these seven ports, providing seamless connectivity between the major financial, commercial and transportation centres of the Greater Bay Area, gives us an excellent opportunity to open up new revenue streams. At the same time, customers can take advantage of our convenient flight connections to over 200 destinations across our international network via Hong Kong.”

Chu Kong Passenger Transport Co. Ltd. Managing Director Tian Weiqing said: “The codeshare co-operation with Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s home airline, is a major strategic opportunity for the development of the Greater Bay Area.  Chu Kong has over 30 years’ experience in managing ferry services connecting Hong Kong and various ports in mainland China.  This co-operation will benefit customers all over the world by creating a new network of connections within the Greater Bay Area.”

(Images Cathay Pacific / CKS)