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25 July, 2023

Cathay Pacific completes its first overseas refuel of Sustainable Aviation Fuel on commercial flights

Cathay Pacific is committed to increasing its use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel to achieve its net-zero carbon emissions goal

The Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific is continuing to make progress towards achieving its goal of using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for 10% of its total fuel use by 2030 by uplifting SAF onto its commercial flights for the very first time outside its Hong Kong hub.

Blended and supplied by ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, this batch of SAF was refuelled at Singapore Changi Airport onto four Cathay Pacific cargo flights – CX2076 to Hong Kong on 7, 14 and 28 June, and CX2074 to Penang on 30 June. This follows the use of blended SAF uplifted at Hong Kong International Airport onto selected flights last year, and on the delivery flights for its new Airbus A350 from Europe over the past six years.

Cathay Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam said: “This is an important milestone for Cathay Pacific and our ambition to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As an international airline, we have a leading role to play in helping the aviation industry to decarbonise and we are constantly exploring solutions and advocating for extensive collaboration with many stakeholders to combat climate change.

18 July, 2023

The Cathay Group provides an update on its first-half 2023 financial performance

The Cathay Group provides an update on its first-half 2023 financial performance and announces a plan to buy back the preference shares held by the Hong Kong SAR Government
Also a special appreciation reward to extend its gratitude to employees
First-half 2023 results


Cathay Pacific Airways and together with its subsidiaries announced this week that the Cathay Group is expected to record a consolidated profit of approximately HK$4.0-4.5 billion for the first half of 2023. This compares to the attributable loss to shareholders of HK$5.0 billion for the first half of 2022. This is based on a preliminary review of the unaudited consolidated management accounts of the Cathay Group and other information currently available to the Board of Directors of the Company.

The Cathay Group is still in the process of finalising its first-half 2023 results, and will publish its interim results in August 2023.

Preference shares

The Cathay Group paid the deferred dividend of HK$1,524.1 million on the preference shares held by the Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR) Government on 30 June 2023, bringing its deferred dividend payments up to date. It intends to pay all future preference shares dividends as they fall due.

Further, subject to market conditions and its business operations at the relevant time, the Cathay Group plans to buy back all the preference shares over the next 12 months.

Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam said: “We are very encouraged to see that our journey of rebuilding Cathay is on the right track. We have seen a trend of continuous improvement in the performance of our airlines and our financial position is healthy. These reflect the growing strength of our business and the progress we are making in rebuilding Cathay. We are very grateful to both the HKSAR Government and our shareholders for their continued support during and after the pandemic.

04 July, 2023

Cathay Pacific releases traffic figures for May 2023

Cathay Pacific has released its traffic figures for May 2023, which show the airline continues to make good progress as it rebuilds flight connectivity at the Hong Kong international aviation hub.

Cathay Pacific carried a total of 1,417,906 passengers in May, an increase of 2,345% compared with May 2022. The month’s revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased 1,664% year on year. Passenger load factor increased by 24.7 percentage points to 85.1%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 1,152% year on year. In the first five months of 2023, the number of passengers carried increased by 3,281% against a 1,786% increase in capacity and a 3,062% increase in RPKs, as compared with the same period for 2022.

The airline carried 109,834 tonnes of cargo in May, an increase of 18.8% compared with May 2022, when our cargo capacity was significantly reduced due to stricter aircrew quarantine measures. The month’s cargo revenue tonne kilometres (RFTKs) increased 73.4% year on year. The cargo load factor decreased by 14.2 percentage points to 61.5%, while capacity, measured in available cargo tonne kilometres (AFTKs), increased by 113.6% year on year. In the first five months of 2023, the tonnage increased by 28.2% against a 154.6% increase in capacity and a 107.2% increase in RFTKs, as compared with the same period for 2022.


20 June, 2023

Cathay Pacific reopens Vancouver International Airport lounge

Cathay Pacific and Vancouver International Airport Authority reopened the Cathay Pacific Lounge on 16th June, 2023 in time for flight CX865 on 17th June, as Hong Kong’s home airline continues to add more flights to its global schedule.

Located in the International Terminal of Vancouver International Airport (YVR), between departure gates D70 and D71, the lounge originally opened in May 2016. The lounge measures 510 square metres, with a seating capacity of 108 people offering a supremely comfortable exclusive environment of understated luxury in which passengers can relax before their flight out of Vancouver.
Designed by Studioilse, the London-based design firm led by Ilse Crawford, the lounge features warm, natural materials like wood and stone, alongside softened acoustics and lighting, to create an environment that helps passengers feel relaxed by engaging the senses and focusing on well-being as a core principle.

12 June, 2023

Cargo Airline of the Year is Cathay Pacific

Cathay Cargo receives Cargo Airline of the Year accolade at ATW’s 49th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards

The prestigious award is a clear sign of faith in Cathay Cargo’s innovation, agility, growth and expertise in the face of significant operational challenges

Cathay Cargo recently collected its award for “Cargo Airline of the Year” at a gala dinner in Istanbul at the 49th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards produced by Air Transport World (ATW).

The coveted award pays tribute to Cathay Cargo for overcoming major operational challenges in 2022, as well as for its growth, investment, innovation and ambition to become the world’s most customer-centric air-cargo service brand.

The awards recognise excellence across a broad range of airline operations and are selected by a panel of editors and analysts at ATW, Routes, Aviation Week and CAPA. While the award winners were announced earlier this year, the gala dinner on Friday, 2 June enabled representatives from the recognised airlines to collect their awards and celebrate their achievements in person.

Speaking about this year’s winners, ATW ​ Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker said: “The final selections illustrate the strength of the market recovery across the air transport industry, and it is particularly heartening to see that also reflected among airlines in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Cathay Cargo was recognised for continuing to grow, innovate and adapt through some of the most challenging restrictions. It revamped its Priority solution and launched its refreshed Cathay Pharma solution to meet customer demand; continued to digitise processes and services, including the launch of its digital booking platform Click & Ship; extended its Fly Greener carbon-offsetting initiative to cargo shipments; and opened its dedicated Pharma Handling Centre at the Cathay Cargo Terminal at its Hong Kong hub.

Cathay Pacific resumes Christchurch-Hong Kong service

Hong Kong’s home carrier returns to the garden city with seasonal service

Hong Kong's home carrier, Cathay Pacific says it will restart seasonal service to Christchurch from its home base on 16th December..  The route will be operated three flights per week with the airline’s state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft, with a three cabin configuration of Economy, Premium Economy and Business class. Flights will depart Christchurch on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Hong Kong the same night.  

The seasonal restart is Cathay Pacific’s first since the pandemic. It will prove a welcome boost to the Christchurch and South Island regions, particularly tourism operators and exporters, as well as those looking to connect with friends and family in Asia, Europe and beyond.  

Cathay Pacific Acting Regional Head of Southwest Pacific Sandeep Pillay welcomed the announcement saying it was great news for those in the region and the airline. He said:  “Cathay Pacific has been flying to New Zealand for 40 years and we are proud to be returning to Christchurch. Resuming our non-stop Christchurch to Hong Kong service is a significant milestone in the rebuilding of Cathay Pacific’s connectivity. We know it’s a popular route and one we really value. In fact, it’s the first seasonal route we’ve reinstated since the pandemic.  

“The connectivity it will provide from the South Island to Hong Kong and beyond will be a huge boost to the region during the peak summer months. We look forward to welcoming passengers back to experience and enjoy flying with Cathay Pacific.” 

28 May, 2023

Cathay Pacific sack three staff over carpet-blanket mixup

The Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific is understood to have sacked three staff that were involved in an incident on a recent flight between Chengdu to Hong Kong last Sunday. 

A passenger on the flight wrote an online post about how the cabin crew of CX987 criticised and made fun of passengers who were asking for a carpet instead of a blanket in English.  The passenger said flight attendants complained about passengers amongst themselves in English and Cantonese.  "If you cannot say blanket in English, you cannot have it ... Carpet is on the floor. Feel free if you want to lie on it," one flight attendant told passengers, in an audio recording that was widely circulated on social media. 

Cathay's  CEO Ronald Lam said the airline had a "zero tolerance" policy to breaches of the carrier's rules and ethics.  "I would like to reiterate that Cathay Pacific takes a 'zero tolerance' approach to serious violations of company rules and ethics by individual employees and will not tolerate them," He continued that he would lead a cross-departmental working group to conduct a comprehensive review of service processes, staff training and related systems to enhance its service quality.

Lam added: "Most importantly, we must ensure that all Cathay Pacific staff respect passengers from different backgrounds and cultures and provide professional and consistent service in all areas served." 

Even Hong Kong's chief executive got involved, John Lee, commented on social media that the discrimination incident was serious and could not be repeated - "The words and deeds of the flight attendants hurt the feelings of compatriots in Hong Kong and the mainland and destroyed Hong Kong's traditional culture and values of respect and courtesy."

16 May, 2023

Free air tickets to Hong Kong available to U.S. travellers on 17th May

Hong Kong is ready to welcome global visitors with its recent "Hello Hong Kong" promotional campaign, launched in February. This initiative represents the city's enthusiastic outreach to international tourists. To entice travellers, the Hong Kong Airport Authority is offering 500,000 complimentary air tickets across various markets.

In the U.S. market, tickets are distributed through Cathay Pacific. Although the base fare is waived, U.S. passengers are still responsible for airport fees and taxes.

Limited Tickets Are Available

A limited number of round-trip economy class tickets to Hong Kong will be offered in the U.S. beginning May 17 at 5:00 PM PDT/8:00 PM EDT. There is a limit of one ticket per transaction while supplies last.
For a chance to access the tickets, U.S. visitors need to sign up at the Cathay Pacific website to receive their unique code on 17th May to claim this limited-time offer.
Travellers are responsible for taxes, airport fees and other charges.
To learn more about Hello Hong Kong, click here.

One Million Hong Kong Goodies Vouchers for Visitors to Enjoy Citywide Perks

Aside from air tickets, the HKTB, in collaboration with the tourism and hospitality sectors, has assembled an array of enticing deals from over 16,000 outlets across the city to welcome back visitors. Initially, at least 1 million "Hong Kong Goodies" visitor consumption vouchers are being distributed by HKTB’ s designated channels. These vouchers include complimentary welcome drinks at participating bars, restaurants, and hotels, or cash vouchers redeemable in the transportation, culinary, and retail sectors, as well as at various attractions.

Showcasing Hong Kong's New Experiences and Events

06 May, 2023

40 years of connecting Hong Kong and New Zealand.......

Cathay Pacific marks 40 years of 

New Zealand connectivity

Cathay Pacific celebrated 40 years of services between Hong Kong and New Zealand.  

On 4 May 1983, a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-200 aircraft touched down in Auckland for the first time, marking the airline’s inaugural commercial flight to New Zealand. The state-of-the-art aircraft, fitted with 35 First Class, 36 Business Class and 337 Economy Class seats, helped to connect millions of Kiwis to the rest of the world.  

At the controls of the first flight was New Zealander Captain Ian Steven, then a senior check captain with the airline. 

Forty years later, the Hong Kong-Auckland service remains very important to the airline, which currently operates three flights per week on the popular route.  

Dominic Perret, Cathay Pacific’s Regional General Manager for Southeast Asia & Southwest Pacific, welcomed the 40-year anniversary and reiterated the airline's commitment to New Zealand.  

“This is a significant milestone for us. New Zealand is a market that has played an integral role in our history and remains as important as ever,” says Perret. 

“We’re grateful to the many passengers who have flown with us over the past 40 years and for the fantastic working relationship we have with our joint alliance partner, Air New Zealand. Long may it continue.” 

Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand have a relationship that goes right back to 1983. Originally there was also a third operator in the mix, Papua New Guinea flag carrier Air Niugini. The route operated as a tripartite agreement with the three airlines and involved a brief stopover in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, before carrying on to Hong Kong’s famous Kai Tak Airport. 

The airport holds a special place in aviation history for its dramatic and challenging approach, with pilots having to navigate sharp turns and high-rise apartment blocks where passengers were able to see directly into residents’ flats. Similar to Wellington or Queenstown airports, clear visibility and gentle winds were essential for a smooth landing. The airport finally closed in 1998 after the build of Chek Lap Kok, what is now known as Hong Kong International Airport, was completed.  

Cathay Pacific launches 'Cathay' - e-envisaged travel lifestyle magazine

‘Cathay’ – a magazine that is a true reflection of lifestyle through a travel lens, encompassing every pillar of Cathay’s premium travel lifestyle proposition

The Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific has introduced a fully reimagined travel lifestyle magazine for its customers, designed to bring them inspirational content whether they are in the air or on the ground.

Titled “Cathay”, the re-envisaged magazine exemplifies Cathay’s evolution into a premium travel lifestyle brand, with sections dedicated to our home hub of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, as well as travel and holidays, wellness, dining and shopping.  

Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Lavinia Lau said: “We know that our customers want and expect to be able to enjoy a travel lifestyle magazine when they fly with us, and we are delighted to reintroduce a refreshed publication that encapsulates everything we want to bring them, every day – inspiration, delight and discovery.

“Our purpose is to move people forward in life by connecting them to meaningful people, places and experiences. Through the content we share, we want Cathay to become a brand that people refer to on a daily basis, for inspiration and advice on the premium travel lifestyle.”

The theme of the first issue is “Reconnection”, as Cathay focuses on reconnecting Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and the Chinese Mainland with the world. The stories in this issue encapsulate the sense of connection through a wide range of approaches. The magazine launches with a series of inspiring travel covers of stunning aerial views of cities, each of which inspires more travel.

Readers of Cathay can look forward to content across the magazine’s dedicated sections.

Hong Kong & the GBA showcases what is new and thrilling in our extended home market.

Explore (Travel and Hotels) is a celebration of the joy of travel and the travel lifestyle, providing content exploring destinations across our route network that makes customers want to book a flight.

Dining brings together all aspects of one of the most important aspects of lifestyle, showcasing food and beverage across the Cathay route network, and highlighting must-book restaurants, cutting-edge chefs as well as lifestyle rewards and retail offers.

Wellness covers all aspects of mindful travel, wellness and sustainability – plus how Cathay can help customers live a healthier, better life.

Shopping is a lavishly shot section of the magazine, which directs readers to must-have products available through the Cathay shop.

The Cathay Way speaks to how we do what we do, whether that be an insider’s look at our fleet, our achievements, our safety and hygiene, or the benefits of the Cathay membership programme and how members can maximise their earning and burning potential.

Inflight Entertainment provides intelligent and engaging writing about our inflight entertainment, giving customers a look into the extensive onboard library of new Hollywood releases, Asian cinema classics, award-winning TV boxsets, the latest albums, podcasts, games and HBO Max.

The Cathay magazine is printed using eco-friendly vegetable oil ink on environmentally responsible and ethically produced paper certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). Once we replace the magazines, we ensure that they are properly recycled by our contractors.

18 April, 2023

Cathay Pacific leading the way to go Greener Together by planting 20,000 mangrove trees in Southeast Asia - 1 ticket = 1 tree....

Cathay Pacific will be planting 20,000 mangrove trees in Southeast Asia this year, to honour its commitment to plant a tree for every flight ticket purchased in the region during the 1 Ticket, 1 Tree campaign held in November 2022. 

To commemorate Earth Day, which falls on 22 April 2023, volunteers comprising Cathay Pacific employees, trade agents and other partners will be gathering at various mangrove forests across Southeast Asia in April and May to kickstart the planting of mangrove trees in their respective countries. One of the first planting sites is in Hagonoy, Bulacan in the Philippines, where 8,000 mangrove trees will be planted. The remaining 12,000 trees will be planted in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Fostering stronger partnerships to go “Greener Together” and leading the way towards a more sustainable future is a central theme of Cathay Pacific’s sustainability efforts. Aligned with this, 1 Ticket, 1 Tree was launched in Thailand in 2021, with the aim of supporting local communities, restoring local habitats and driving climate resilience. The campaign was rolled out to the whole of Southeast Asia in 2022, with the airline committing to plant a tree for every ticket purchased from the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. The airline is working with local environment and community partners for the tree-planting effort.

31 March, 2023

Cathay Cargo brings automation and shipment visibility to postal shipments with Cathay Mail

New digital solution provides a superior customer experience for post offices

Cathay Cargo has enhanced its integrated mail platform with Cathay Mail, a refined digital solution that re-envisages the mail-shipment process, generating greater transparency for post offices and providing the track-and-trace visibility their customers expect.

With Cathay Mail, Cathay Cargo is able to provide a superior customer experience that better caters to the requirements of post offices for shipment visibility, reliability and speed.

Director Cargo Tom Owen said: “Cathay Mail highlights how we have adapted technology and digitalisation to offer real benefits to our customers. By fully integrating mail-handling functions with our cargo operations and expertise, our innovative new mail solution provides a sophisticated suite of tools and facilities to support our postal partners.”

Cathay Cargo’s refreshed “mail as cargo” solution integrates mail-handling data with air cargo systems using the PAWB – the postal air waybill. This use of electronic data interchange (EDI) technology removes much of the previous shipment paperwork and gives both origin and destination post offices, and designated operators, more visibility of shipments down to mail bag (or “receptacle”) level, allowing them to offer package-level track-and-trace visibility to e-commerce shippers.

The information also enables Cathay Cargo to manage capacity against actual volumes of mail on flights, so it can make allowances for surges in ad hoc demand, or make unused space available for other cargo.

30 March, 2023

Cathay Pacific collaborates with State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) to develop Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) supply chain

Forging a strategic partnership with SPIC to support SAF production in the Chinese Mainland

Cathay Pacific
has teamed up with the State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) to drive the further development of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) supply chain in China. SPIC is one of the largest state-owned energy companies in the Chinese Mainland and a company with the world’s largest solar power installed capacity.

SPIC and Cathay Pacific have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering four SAF plants under SPIC. Witnessed by SPIC Chairman Qian Zhimin and Vice President Chen Haibin, Cathay Pacific Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam, and Chief Operations and Service Delivery Officer-designate Alex McGowan, the MoU was signed by SPIC International Finance (HK) Co. Ltd. Chairman Yin Guoping and Cathay Pacific General Manager Corporate Affairs Andy Wong at Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong headquarters.

SPIC Chairman Qian Zhimin said: “The signing of our cooperation pact is an important milestone in SPIC’s sustainable development pursuits, and a significant contribution by a Chinese enterprise towards supporting sustainable development in the global aviation sector. We hope both parties can build on our collaboration in the certification and purchase of SAF to further cooperate in areas pertaining to the industry supply chain, project development and securing the necessary policy support.”

17 March, 2023

Cathay Pacific releases traffic figures for February 2023

Cathay Pacific has just released its traffic figures for February 2023, as the airline’s positive momentum at the start of the year continued and a number of exciting new developments were introduced in its cargo business.

Cathay Pacific carried a total of 1,114,727 passengers last month, an increase of 3,467% compared with February 2022. The month’s revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) increased 4,720% year-on-year. Passenger load factor increased by 38.6 percentage points to 86.2%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 2,562% year-on-year. In the first two months of 2023, the number of passengers carried increased by 3,737% against a 2,071% increase in capacity and a 4,227% increase in RPKs, as compared with the same period for 2022.

The airline carried 103,932 tonnes of cargo last month, an increase of 59.6% compared with February 2022, when our cargo capacity was significantly reduced due to stricter aircrew quarantine measures. The month’s cargo revenue tonne kilometres (RFTKs) increased 153.9% year-on-year. The cargo load factor decreased by 13.7 percentage points to 66.7%, while capacity, measured in available cargo tonne kilometres (AFTKs), increased by 206.1% year-on-year. In the first two months of 2023, the tonnage increased by 42.8% against a 201.3% increase in capacity and a 147.4% increase in RFTKs, as compared with the same period for 2022.


Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Lavinia Lau said: “We are pleased to see that our positive start to 2023 continued in February. Passenger numbers further improved after the Lunar New Year holidays; we carried more than 1.1 million passengers last month averaging almost 40,000 per day. We continued to add more flights and destinations, with February seeing passenger flight capacity increase about 6% month-on-month as well as the resumption of our Wenzhou flights.

“Travel demand overall remained strong across our network, especially traffic to and from the Chinese Mainland via the Hong Kong hub. We also saw strong demand on our Taipei and Kaohsiung routes in the last week of February after the lifting of all travel restrictions on Hong Kong and Macau residents. We are pleased to see that demand is also growing for premium travel for both business and leisure purposes.


02 March, 2023

Cathay Cargo rebrands

Cathay Cargo rebrands along with exciting news for customers

Aligning with Cathay’s vision to become one of the world’s greatest service brands

Cathay is excited to announce the launch of Cathay Cargo, a rebrand of its cargo business, and a change of name from Cathay Pacific Cargo. The change aligns with the airline’s overarching brand redesign, and reinforces the existing strong brand association and perceptions held by its customers. Cathay Cargo aligns with the same purpose, vision and values of our master brand Cathay and all of its subsidiary brands, including Cathay Pacific, the passenger airline, and Cathay, the everyday lifestyle offering. 

Cathay Cargo is united behind Cathay’s vision to become one of the world’s greatest service brands, and plays an integral role in helping to fulfil that aspiration through its world-class air cargo network, which transports products that facilitate trade across the entire Cathay network and beyond. Shipping directly to more than 70 destinations worldwide, Cathay Cargo is committed to advancing the development of all destination countries served by Cathay’s more than 200 aircraft.

Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam said: “Cathay’s cargo business has played a vital role in the success of the Cathay Group since 1946, when we carried our first shipment between China and Australia. Our cargo services operate out of our home base of Hong Kong, which is also the world’s busiest international air cargo hub.

“This is an opportune moment to align our cargo business with the master brand as we continue our cargo investments in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area for a promising future. This rebrand reflects our Cargo business’ commitment to the same ‘Move Beyond’ ambition as the Group, while building on a strength that the Cathay brand has long been known for – offering leading-edge services to our customers.”

20 February, 2023

Cathay Pacific Group to work with Vocational Training Council to nurture aviation talent in Hong Kong

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed to support the development of the aviation industry and Hong Kong as an international hub

The Cathay Pacific Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Vocational Training Council (VTC) of Hong Kong to jointly nurture a new generation of talent as the aviation industry’s growth picks up in the lead up to the completion of the Three-Runway System in Hong Kong.

The MoU Signing Ceremony was held at the Tsing Yi campus of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), a member institution of the VTC. Witnessed by Under Secretary for Transport and Logistics Liu Chun-san, Cathay Pacific Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam and VTC Executive Director Donald Tong, the MoU was signed by Cathay Pacific Director People Patricia Hwang and VTC Deputy Executive Director Alaina Shum.

The Group’s participating companies include: Cathay Pacific, HK Express, Air Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Services Limited – which operates the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal – Cathay Pacific Catering Services (H.K.) Limited, Hong Kong Airport Services Limited and Vogue Laundry Service Limited.

Liu Chun-san, Under Secretary for Transport and Logistics remarked that the pandemic has put the aviation industry on a bumpy flight over the past few years. But like planes flying out of an air turbulence, Hong Kong International Airport has been filling up again, and airlines have been flying to new destinations daily as the pandemic receded. Numerous exciting developments in our aviation scene have been also unfolding, including the Three-Runway System which would significantly increase our airport’s handling capacity.

13 February, 2023

Cathay Pacific Group is first to offer intermodal cargo operations with upstream acceptance at Hong Kong International Airport’s Logistics Park Pilot Scheme in the Chinese Mainland

Regular sailings from Dongguan will bring security-screened and palletised air cargo direct to a secured pier at Hong Kong International Airport for export

Cathay Pacific Cargo and the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal, operated by Cathay Pacific Services Ltd (CPSL), have become the first carrier and first cargo terminal operator to have cargo shipments accepted in Dongguan and transported to Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) by ship for outbound airfreight, enabling full upstream sea-air intermodal export cargo handling between the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and Hong Kong.

The HKIA Logistics Park in Dongguan developed by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) enables shipments to be security screened, built up and accepted as cargo for flights before being loaded on ships that unload in a secured area at HKIA, from where pallets and ULDs can be towed straight to a waiting aircraft. The pilot scheme’s base will migrate to a permanent facility from 2025.

08 February, 2023

Cathay Pacific’s ‘The Deck’ is now open

As more flights are resumed, Cathay is progressively reopening its lounges for customers to enjoy before they fly

Cathay Pacific has reopened The Deck lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, giving customers more ways to relax and pamper themselves before their flight.

The Deck joins The Wing, First and The Pier, Business as the Cathay Pacific lounges currently open to guests at the airline’s home hub. The airline is also working towards reopening The Pier, First and The Wing, Business within the coming six months as it continues to add more flights to its schedule.

As travel resumes, Cathay Pacific is also progressively reopening its global lounges. February will see the reopening of the Cathay Pacific lounges in Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport, while March and April will see the airline’s lounges at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, respectively, reopen their doors to guests.

Customers can also look forward to enjoying the airline’s signature lounges at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport in the second and third quarters of 2023.

Outside of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific’s First and Business class lounges at London Heathrow Airport, and its lounges at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Tokyo (Haneda) International Airport are already open to eligible customers.

Cathay Pacific understands its airport lounges are highly appreciated by its customers and the airline has used the time while these spaces have been closed to further invest in its lounge experience.

The Deck, Hong Kong

03 February, 2023

Singapore Airlines named as one of the 50 most admired companies in the world.

Fortune magazine has named Singapore Airlines one of the 50 most admired companies in the world.

The airline said in a statement "We would like to thank our customers for their continuous support, which we do not take for granted. This accolade is a testament to the dedication of our people, who have been critical to our recovery and who strive to exceed the expectations of our customers every single day."

For more details, visit

Other airlines on the list include Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, Southwest, Air France-KLM, Alaska Air and United. 

11 January, 2023

Cathay Pacific welcomes quarantine-free travel and will more than double its flights to the Chinese Mainland

Cathay Pacific will operate 61 return flights per week between Hong Kong and 13 Mainland cities

Cathay Pacific welcomes the Hong Kong SAR Government’s latest measures to facilitate quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland, as well as the lifting of transit restrictions, effective 8 January 2023.

In light of the announcement, Cathay Pacific will more than double its flights into the Chinese Mainland, operating 61 return flights per week between Hong Kong and 13 Mainland cities from 14 January 2023. This compares to the 27 flights per week from Hong Kong to the Mainland, and 50 flights per week from the Mainland to Hong Kong that the airline is currently operating.

Cathay Pacific is working actively to resume and add more flights progressively between Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland in the coming weeks, with the aim of operating over 100 return flights per week by March 2023.