Barcelona launches new direct flights to Hong Kong for the summer season
Cathay Pacific will operate the route four times a week until October 27, but the Catalan government would like it to run year round.
Barcelona Airport launched a new direct flight route to Hong Kong on Sunday. The route will be flown by Cathay Pacific four times a week during the entire summer season and until October 27. The Catalan government is confident that the route will be extended throughout the year.
“This golden bridge between Hong Kong and Barcelona shouldn’t just be a seasonal route; it’s very likely to be kept up all year round,” said the Catalan minister for Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull.
According to Rull, up to 62,000 people took indirect flights from Barcelona to Hong Kong in 2015. Once Cathay Pacific starts operating the new route, the number of passengers carried through it will be high and the company will realize it is “very profitable,” Rull said.
The Barcelona Airport director, Sonia Corrochano, backed up the Catalan government’s expectations. “The company told us that sales are going very well, which makes us optimistic about October,” she said.
“The trips taken between Hong Kong and Barcelona are not only for tourism purposes, but also for business ones”
Josep Rull · Catalan minister for Territory and Sustainability
Rull pointed out that the high demand for business seats may be another competitive factor for the company operating the route. “The trips taken between Hong Kong and Barcelona are not only for tourism purposes, but also for business ones,” he said.
Cathay Pacific’s highest officer in Spain, Jansen Stafford, said “the new route offers great opportunities for business travelers as well as tourists visiting Asia and Spain,” and will allow new international trade ties to be built.
The Barcelona-Hong Kong route is the second route the Barcelona Airport launched on the first weekend of July. On Saturday July 1, the first flight operated by Plus Ultra from Barcelona to La Habana took off. “The [Barcelona] Airport is expanding and increasing its connections with Asia: just a little while ago there was only one, and now there are 24,” said the deputy-delegate of the Spanish government in Barcelona, Emilio Ablanedo.
Referring to the Catalan government’s plan to hold a referendum on independence in October 1, Ablanedo highlighted the new flight route as the result of public offices working together. “The good faith collaboration makes us go further,” he said.
Cathay Pacific is operating flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays with Airbus A350-900s, which have a carrying capacity of 280 passengers.