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Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines Welcome Government Initiatives for Aviation Sector

Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines announced their support for Government measures to boost the long-term competitiveness of the Hong Kong Aviation hub. The support was outlined Wednesday in an address by Hong Kong SAR Government’s CEO, Carrie Lam.

Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000 - Courtesy Cathay Pacific

On Wednesday (November 25, 2020), Cathay Pacific announced their support for measures to bolster the long-term competitiveness of the Honk Kong aviation hub and logistics center, as outlined in a government policy address. The 2020 Policy Address was given today by Hong Kong SAR Government’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam. In response to the address, Cathay Pacific’s Chief Executive Officer, Augustus Tang said,

“We are grateful to the Hong Kong, Guangdong and Central governments for their commitment to the continued development of the Hong Kong aviation hub. We share their confidence that Hong Kong will continue to prosper as the city has an unrivalled position as part of the Greater Bay Area (GBA), a region that presents wonderful opportunity for Hong Kong, and will be the growth engine for the world economy over the coming decades. We welcome the deepening cooperation between Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Zhuhai Airport to establish a globally competitive world-class airport cluster, leveraging their complementary strengths. We also look forward to the commissioning of the entire Three-Runway System in 2024, and the completion of the premium logistics centre and the SKYCITY development projects.

“We are greatly encouraged by the focus placed on enhancing the overall transportation network and capacity, connecting HKIA and the various transport links and infrastructure of the airport island. We also welcome measures that greatly facilitate ‘land-to-air’ transit travel for passengers from the GBA to fly via HKIA. For more than 70 years, Cathay Pacific has been privileged to be the home carrier of Hong Kong. We are proud to have played a significant role in the development of our home city into a leading international aviation hub and our commitment remains.”

In a separate announcement on Wednesday, Hong Kong Airlines’ Chairman, Mr. Hou Wei, stated,

“As one of the city’s home carriers, Hong Kong Airlines has been a strong advocate of the development and promotion of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as a global aviation hub. The much-anticipated completion of the Three-Runway System in the coming years will provide us with opportunities to rebuild our network and improve our services as we recover from the pandemic. Likewise, the opening of other aviation-related infrastructures with improved and modern handling capabilities will further reinforce Hong Kong’s position as a leading passenger and cargo transportation hub.

“Over the last two years, Hong Kong Airlines has expanded its product offerings to include inter-modal services for passengers travelling between Hong Kong and cities in the Greater Bay Area. The new initiatives for self-drive visitors mentioned today will bolster ongoing efforts to provide seamless connections and offer more convenience for travellers shuttling between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. We look forward to welcoming passengers from the Greater Bay Area on our flights very soon.”

Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline founded in 2006, with firm roots in Hong Kong. The carrier serves 25 destinations across the Asia-Pacific region and maintains 87 interline, 15 codeshare partnerships as well as one joint venture agreement. Hong Kong Airlines operates one of the world’s youngest fleets and has been awarded a four-star rating by Skytrax since 2011.

Source(s): Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines


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