Cathay Pacific To Reconnect Hong Kong And Dublin

Cathay Pacific is set to restore its route connecting Hong Kong to Dublin. The route was canceled for almost all of the IATA Winter 19 season but is set to resume with the IATA Summer 20 season.

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong, Dublin
Cathay Pacific is set to resume flights to Dublin. Photo: Cathay Pacific

Cathy Pacific has had a tough time recently. The airline has particularly felt the effects of the ongoing protests in the Chinese special administrative region. As a result of the protests, most, if not all, airlines flying to Hong Kong have felt a dip in passenger numbers. Due to its position as the home carrier, Cathay Pacific has been hit worse than most.

Relaunching Dublin

The notion of relaunching the route to Dublin is not new. In fact, Cathay had originally planned to resume flights to the Irish capital city on the 28th of March. However, according to the Irish Times, the Hong Kong oneworld member has now confirmed that it will, indeed, relaunch the route.

According to the publication, Cathay is planning a big sale to try and entice passengers onto the route. Cathay Pacific’s route to Hong Kong was Dublin’s first direct connection with a part of China. It was originally launched in June of 2018 and appeared to be doing well.

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong, Dublin

About the flight

Once it relaunches, the connection between Hong Kong and Ireland will operate four times per week in either direction. Flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The route will be operated by Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350 aircraft.

The flights will operate your the following schedule:

  • CX301 will depart from Hong Kong (HKG) at 00:45. The overnight flight will land in Dublin (DUB) at 06:45, 13 hours later.
  • The aircraft will then remain on the ground in Dublin for 5 hours.
  • CX306 will then depart Dublin at 11:45. Following an 11-hour 50-minute flight, the aircraft will Touch back down in Hong Kong at 06:35 the next day.
Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong, Dublin
An Airbus A350 will operate the route between Hong Kong and Dublin. Photo: Cathay Pacific

As a result, two aircraft will be required to operate the back to back flights on Wednesday and Thursday as a rotation takes longer than 24 hours.

Why has Cathay been suffering?

Cathay Pacific has been struck particularly hard by the ongoing civil unrest in Hong Kong. Take United Airlines for example. Hong Kong is just one destination for the American carrier. However, the airline has taken a $90 million hit to its profits because of the protests.

Now, let’s scale that up to Cathay Pacific. With its hub in Hong Kong, most flights are affected, especially at a time when high-speed rail is also taking some of its market share. As a result, in fact, another Hong Kong-based carrier Hong Kong Airlines faced major financial difficulty to the end of last year.

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