Cathay Pacific's new direct flight service from Hong Kong to Dublin will commence in June 2018.
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Tourism Ireland warmly welcomes Cathay Pacific's announcement of new direct flights from Hong Kong to Dublin which will commence 02 June 2018.
Cathay Pacific will operate the new Dublin-Hong Kong service with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft in a three class configuration (280 seats) effective June 02, 2018. The new route, operating Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, will be Dublin Airport's first ever direct route to the Asia-Pacific region and will offer same carrier connection to mainland China, Japan, South-East Asia and Australia. The new flights will make it easier for prospective holidaymakers to come to Ireland.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland said "This is good news for tourism to the island as we plan for 2018 and beyond. The new Cathay Pacific service will help further to open up important tourism and business opportunities for the island of Ireland in Hong Kong and China, in Australia and New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.
"We look forward to working closely with Cathay Pacific, Dublin Airport Authority and other tourism interests to maximise the promotion of this new service to Dublin. As an island the importance of air and sea access cannot be overstated - they are critical to achieving growth in visitor numbers.
" The new Cathay Pacific service will help further to open up important tourism and business opportunities for the island of Ireland in Hong Kong and China, in Australia and New Zealand and in the Asia Pacific region".
In 2016, over 600,000 visitors from Australia and Developing Markets came to the island of Ireland, an increase of +4% on the previous year. Recent CSO data confirms that tourism from the region continues to perform very strongly, with growth of +17.5% recorded for the first seven months of 2017.