(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Cathay Pacific airline’s first flight from Hong Kong to Israel landed at Ben Gurion International Airport last Sunday.
The landing followed the October 2016 announcement by the Hong Kong-based airline that it would begin operating four weekly direct flights between the Jewish state and Hong Kong International Airport in March 2017.
Paul Loo, director of corporate development at Cathay Pacific, arrived in Israel to inaugurate the route. Loo announced Sunday that growing demand has prompted the carrier to add a fifth weekly flight, starting Sept. 1.
Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Tourism Minister Yariv Levin attended the inauguration event.
“This is a day of celebration for the Israeli aviation industry: The skies are opening eastward, lowering flight prices for Israelis and boosting incoming tourism,” said Katz, noting that the new Hong Kong-Israel route is expected to lower flight prices by 10 percent to 15 percent.
For its Israel route, Cathay Pacific is using the environmentally friendly 280-seat Airbus A350 plane, the European manufacturer’s latest model.