Cathay Pacific To Launch Flights To Maldives

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways has announced plans to launch a direct service to the Maldives, in a bid to capitalize on growing visitor numbers to the island nation from affluent Asian travellers.

Beginning 27 October 2013, subject to government approval, flight CX 601 will depart Hong Kong at 1715 hrs every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving in Male at 2125 hrs. The return flight, CX 602, takes off from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport at 2335 hrs to land back at Hong Kong International Airport at 0855 hrs the next morning. The airline will operate a 3-class Airbus A330-300 jet on the route, offering 39 Business, 28 Premium Economy and 175 Economy Class seats.

Flight times leverage on the airline’s connectivity options in Hong Kong with its North Asian and long-haul network, with traffic feed also coming from Oneworld partners Japan Airlines and American Airlines. It will however, prove less convenient in the Maldives as passengers whose resorts require a seaplane transfer will need to overnight in Male due to air taxis only operating in daylight.

Cathay Pacific entry provides a premium product on the Hong Kong – Male route. The airline joins Hong Kong Airlines, Mega Maldives Airlines and China Southern Airlines in connecting the Pearl River Delta region with the Maldives.

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