Hong Kong’s flag carrier has announced its return to the two cities with weekly flights from early October.
Now that a reduced three-day hotel quarantine make the prospect of overseas trips less daunting for Hong Kong residents, Cathay Pacific is reconnecting the city with Italy and Spain in the coming months. October 1 will see the relaunch of nonstop services to Madrid aboard an Airbus A350-900 with 38 flatbed seats in business class, 28 in premium economy, and 214 standard economy seats. Every Saturday, CX315 is scheduled to depart 50 minutes after midnight, and touch down at Barajas at 9:30 a.m. after 14 hours and 40 minutes in the air. Flight CX372 will then leave Madrid at 12:20 p.m. each Sunday to arrive back in Hong Kong at 6:55 a.m. the following day. The return leg is significantly shorter at an estimated 12 hours and 35 minutes.
As for Milan, the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft deployed on the route has slightly more capacity compared to the Madrid service; it accommodates a total of 334 passengers, including 46 in business, 32 in premium economy, and 256 in standard economy. Starting on October 7, CX233 will take off every Friday at 12:55 a.m. and land at Malpensa at 8:15 a.m.; the expected flight time is 13 hours and 20 minutes. Then on Saturdays, CX234 will depart Milan at 12:35 p.m. and return to Hong Kong at 6:25 a.m. the next morning, after 11 hours and 50 minutes in the air.
Cathay’s latest schedules for September show at least 15 flights from Hong Kong to five European cities (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, and Paris) every week, and the number is increasing to 19 weekly flights in each direction come October. On top of the resumed services to Madrid and Milan, Paris and Frankfurt will both go from twice to thrice-weekly. Zürich is due to be added back to schedules from December onward, with the outbound flight initially operated on Thursdays.