Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 at HKIA. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.


(13/06/24)
 
Cathay Pacific has unveiled plans to launch direct passenger flights to Riyadh, the capital and
financial centre of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Scheduled to take off on 28 October 2024, the Hong
Kong-based airline will operate the new route with thrice weekly
flights on Mondays,
Thursdays and Saturdays using Airbus A350-900 aircraft configured
with Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins.

“Travellers from Hong Kong and Cathay Pacific’s
network, including China, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia,
and other APAC countries will be able to more easily explore Saudi
Arabia’s vast tourism potential,” said Saudi Air Connectivity Program Chief Executive Officer Majid
Khan. “We welcome Cathay Pacific, one of the premium carriers, to
Saudi Arabia and look forward to mutually developing the potential
in years to come.”

Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 at HKIA. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

Flight CX647 is slated to depart from Hong Kong
(HKG) at 15:05 and arrive in Riyadh (RUH) at 20:15.

From Riyadh, flight CX648 is timed to leave at 22:15,
arriving in Hong Kong at 11:10, the following day.

“This new service will
offer more travel options and greater convenience for our
customers travelling to and from Saudi Arabia, as well as promote
opportunities for business, trade and tourism,” said Cathay Group
Chief Executive Officer, Ronald Lam. “With deep
roots in Hong Kong, our role is to be an enabler connecting Hong
Kong and the Chinese Mainland with the world. Cathay firmly
supports the Central Government’s Belt and Road Initiative, and we
already serve 21 destinations in 14 participating countries. We
will continue to develop flight services along our existing major
routes as well as routes connecting Hong Kong with Belt and Road
countries and regions, as we look ahead to the full operation of
the Three-Runway System at Hong Kong International Airport.”

Cathay already operates dedicated weekly freighter flights
between Hong Kong and Riyadh.

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