Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai get more Hong Kong flights

22nd Nov 2022

Suvarnabhumi Busy

Cathay Pacific Airways and its low-cost subsidiary Hong Kong Express are adding more flights to Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai, which are three of the most popular tourist spots in Thailand.

According to Patrick Healy, chairman of Cathay Pacific, the number of daily flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok will grow from two to four next month and service between Hong Kong and Chiang Mai will restart in January.

Healy said that the enhanced connection would contribute to Hong Kong's efforts to forge stronger relations with other nations: "Our mission is to link Hong Kong to the world and the world to Hong Kong. And this is why we're expanding capacity as rapidly as possible."

Hong Kong Express, a low-cost branch of Cathay, will start flying to Chiang Mai again in December. It already has 22 flights a week to Bangkok and Phuket.

The increase in flight frequency is the result of an internal statement made by Cathay's CEO, Augustus Tang Kin-wing, who informed staff to anticipate a 3.3% wage rise and a one-time additional month's income.

He noted that for meaningful progress to be made, the airline would want to see the abolition of COVID restrictions on the Chinese mainland.

When the COVID-19 epidemic occurred, all of the world's airlines, including Hong Kong's national carrier, suffered severe losses. In the first half of 2022, Cathay recorded a loss of $636.8 million, which is much less than the airline's losses during the same time in 2021, which were 33.9% greater.

Cathay Pacific is dedicated to making Hong Kong a "global aviation hub." and expects to be back to 70% of its capacity before the pandemic by the end of 2023.

Following the elimination of Cathay Dragon, the corporation lost 8,400 jobs in 2020. Now, Cathay Pacific is focusing on recruiting new cabin crew and pilots as well as rehiring former employees.

Cathay Pacific's "1 Ticket, 1 Tree" programme led to the planting of 999 mangrove trees in central Thailand in June. The airline committed to planting one tree for each plane ticket sold in a given month.

Cathay thinks that it will be able to offset at least some of the carbon emissions from its 174 planes by planting trees.