Monday, December 12, 2016

Cathay Pacific increases Manchester and Gatwick

Cathay Pacific has officially announced that due to strong performance especially for its Manchester bound service, it shall be boosting its presence on the route effective 02JUN17. Currently, CX operates 4 times per week nonstop from HKG to MAN using a B777-300ER (77W), however from 02JUN17 onwards it will be increased to 5 times per week operated with their new A350-900 (359).

Cathay's new service has stimulated demand on HKG-MAN which has seen 145,000 pax flying between the two cities on all airlines over the past 12 months versus 123,000 in the prior one year period (an increase of 17%).

In terms of capacity offered by CX on MAN present versus future planned:

4 wk B77W - 340 seats x 4 wk frequencies = 1360 seats per week per direction
5 wk A359 - 280 seats x 5 wk frequencies = 1400 seats per week per direction

In addition, CX too confirmed boosting its London Gatwick presence from the current 4 weekly nonstop to a daily service using a B77W effective 31MAY17.

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