New Airline Routes: Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and AirAsia

Cathay Pacific debuts four-times-weekly services to Dublin, Emirates adds daily service to Auckland via Bali, and more.

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Cathay debuts four-times-weekly services to Dublin

The Emerald Isle is now even closer for travelers based in Hong Kong, thanks to the June 2 debut of Cathay’s four-times-weekly services to the Irish capital aboard its Airbus A350 aircraft. Departing after midnight on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the outward flight of just under 13 hours will reach Dublin by 7 a.m. local time, before turning around for the 12-hour run back to Hong Kong.

More information here.

Emirates adds daily service to Auckland via Bali

Complementing Emirates’ existing nonstop flights to Auckland, June 14 will see the launch of an additional daily service via Bali. This will break up the 16-hour journey into two manageable segments while offering passengers the only year-round flights between Auckland and Indonesia’s favorite holiday island, taking eight hours to New Zealand and nine hours and 15 minutes on the return leg.

More information here.

AirAsia launches flights between Kuala Lumpur and Hua Hin

With the recent launch of this route, AirAsia now holds the distinction of running the sole commercial flights in and out of Hua Hin, Thailand’s original beach resort town. Airbus A320 aircraft have been deployed to fly from Kuala Lumpur four times a week, making for an alternative, hassle-free way to reach Hua Hin instead of a three-hour drive or train ride from Bangkok.

More information here.

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Airline News”).

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