|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||19 May 2010|
Cathay Pacific Airways today announced its intention to resume operations to Haneda Airport in Tokyo with a twice-daily service in addition to serving Narita International Airport. The new service will begin in October, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals.
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Tony Tyler said: "The Haneda flights will give our passengers more choice and greater flexibility when travelling between Hong Kong and the Japanese capital. Tokyo has long been an important destination for Hong Kong people for both business and leisure travel, and the addition of more Cathay Pacific flights will further enhance ties between the two cities."
The airline first operated to Haneda in 1959, when it launched its Tokyo service. By 1978, it was operating four passenger flights a day and four freighter services a week before all international airlines switched their scheduled operations from Haneda to Narita that year.
Cathay Pacific currently operates six flights a day - five direct and one via Taipei - to Narita. In total the airline offers 91 passenger flights and 11 freighter services per week between Hong Kong and five major gateways in Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo.
In a bid to further boost its services, Cathay Pacific will add two daily flights to Taipei - the first being introduced on 11 June and the second on 1 July - to make a total of 94 flights a week. In addition, from September the airline will increase the number of flights to Jakarta from 14 to 18 a week. Full details of the enhanced services are as follows:
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