Cathay Pacific has today announced it will fly daily between London Gatwick and Hong Kong from Thursday 1 June 2017.
The route launched in September of this year on a four times weekly basis and clearly has been a success with an increase in frequency to daily.
The flight will continue be operated with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft in a three class (business, premium economy and economy) configuration. Cathay Pacific will also continue to fly between London Heathrow and Hong Kong five times daily.
After months of speculation, Cathay Pacific has today officially confirmed that it is to launch a four times weekly flight from London Gatwick to Hong Kong from Friday 2 September 2016.
The flight will be operated with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft in a three class (business, premium economy and economy) configuration.
Cathay Pacific will continue to fly between London Heathrow and Hong Kong five times daily.
It is something of a coup for London Gatwick airport to attract an airline with an existing presence at London Heathrow as the trend in recent years has been for long-haul airlines to move routes from Gatwick to Heathrow as and when slots become available.
This route also adds to a growing portfolio of Cathay Pacific destinations in Europe with Manchester, Düsseldorf and Madrid being recent additions. It also represents a significant investment by Cathay Pacific in London which is also currently renovating and expanding its London Heathrow first and business class lounges.
Cathay Pacific is to close its First & Business Class lounges at London Heathrow Terminal 3 for refurbishment and extension from Thursday 26 November 2015.
The lounges will be refurbished and extended and are expected to reopen on an as yet unspecified date in June 2016.
The new enlarged lounges are expected to follow the design concept recently introduced at Cathay Pacific’s The Pier lounge in Hong Kong and other airports such as Tokyo Haneda. This is the creation of Ilse Crawford’s Studioilse design agency.
In the interim, passengers travelling in First and Business Class on Cathay Pacific services from London Heathrow and Silver, Gold and Diamond members of the Marco Polo frequent flyer programme will be invited to use partner airline lounges when checking in at the airport.
Cathay Pacific has not specified which lounges these are but they are likely to include the American Airlines and British Airways Galleries Club and First Class lounges (subject to possible capacity constraints).
The opening of the new Cathay Pacific lounge complex in June 2016 will be widely anticipated. We expect the new lounges will be a very strong contender for one of the most well-appointed lounges at London Heathrow.
Cathay Pacific has launched a fare sale for travel from London Heathrow (via Hong Kong) for travel to Australia (Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne), New Zealand and Fiji.
There are sale offers for both economy and business class. However, not all destinations are on offer in economy.
Bookings must be made by 17 March 2015 for travel between 13 April and 12 May 2015 in economy and 1 April 2015 and 31 May 2016 in business class. There are also minimum and maximum stay requirements.
Bookings are non-refundable but can be changed for a fee.
The economy fares do look very good value from £531. The business class fares less so from £3,909 for travel from London. It should be noted that business class fares are substantially cheaper travelling from Manchester.
Cathay Pacific has launched its first over-arching brand campaign since the airline undertook a very subtle rebranding exercise last year.
The campaign emphasises how Cathay Pacific’s Asian hospitality and attention to detail improves the travel experience for passengers, whether the frequent business traveller or occasional passenger, and makes “Life Well Travelled”.
In keeping with its stated brand philosophy “Softly spoken. Strongly felt.”, Cathay Pacific’s passengers take centre stage in the campaign.