21 October 2018   |  Last Updated 14-01-2015 12:00

      Wednesday 10, December 2014

      Debut direct flight from Manchester to China lands


      CATHAY Pacific’s inaugural direct flight from Manchester airport to China landed Tuesday morning (local time).

      Jetting off four times a week, the new 12 flight is the only direct flight to China outside of London and departed a little after noon yesterday.

      The new route meets the demands to increase air travel to Asia and is expected to boost tourism and economic growth for businesses. An estimated 110,000 passengers will benefit from this new service.

      The new non-stop flight will offer exciting opportunities for tourist and businesses with Hong Kong International Airport flying to 190 destinations globally with 22 in China.

      Charlie Conrish, CEO of Manchester Airports Group said: "It is an incredibly important and exciting day here at Manchester Airport and a delight to see our direct flights to China commence.

      "Obtaining the route has been a key objective of ours for several years and to achieve it two years ahead of schedule is testament to the continued growth, development and role Manchester Airport has to play in UK aviation."

      Celebrations to mark the historic day included a red carpet for all passengers, a tour of the plane, speeches and an impressive looking cake. Cathay Pacific live-tweeted throughout and claimed the day to be ‘fantastic’.

      The non-stop flight safely carried an array of passengers from businessmen to families making their trips to China and elsewhere a lot easier and quicker.

      The new service, from Britain’s third biggest airport, will land in Hong Kong every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday while arriving in Manchester every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday generating 200 new jobs.


      By Tamsin Dyson

      (Image by Cathay Pacific)