2 in 3 Australians use Hong Kong as a stopover with Cathay Pacific
And more often than not, they're continuing the journey into Asia.
Hong Kong is often thought of as that perfect stopover city. No matter what time you land you can find buzzing bars, restaurants and shops thanks to this city that seems to never sleep.
It turns out that this impression is actually very true and has been embraced by the country’s de facto flag-carrier. In a recent interview with Rakesh Raicar, Cathay Pacific's General Manager for the South West Pacific region, he revealed that more than two out of three Australians flying with Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong continue onto other destinations.
As you might imagine, China is way ahead of the pack when it comes to connections, and along with its regional sibling Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific flies to 28 cities throughout the mainland.
This includes a whopping 17 flights per day into Beijing and 18 to Shanghai, making Hong Kong the ultimate connection point.
Aussie travellers willing to spend two or three days in Hong Kong can expect not just a place to rest their head after a long flight. The city has a lot to see and do to make a stop worthwhile.
Virgin Australia has thrown up a challenge to the airline recently with a push into Hong Kong starting off with direct flights from Melbourne and potentially extending to Sydney or Brisbane by the end of the year.
While this could potentially eat into the share of the pie, however Cathay Pacific is still quite confident that there’s enough business to go around.
Cathay Pacific currently has four daily flights from Sydney and three from Melbourne as well as regular flights from Brisbane and Perth. The airline has plans to expand its routes this year and acquire larger aircraft to accommodate the growing demand.
Flights to Washington DC, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin and a new mainland China destination in Nanning, are in the pipeline as well as upgrades to either Airbus A350 or Boeing 777 jets over the next three years, Aussie travellers have a lot to look forward to.