HONG KONG: Cathay Pacific is giving customers more reasons to jet to Japan this winter with the addition of two extra seasonal routes – a new service to Niigata and the return of flights to Tokushima.
Travellers looking to hit the slopes can look forward to a new twice-weekly service to Niigata starting October 30, opening up an exciting new region of Japan famed for its snowy winters. The route will be operated by Cathay Dragon on Wednesdays and Saturdays, subject to regulatory approval, using a two-class Airbus A330 aircraft, connecting Niigata with Bahrain via Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, the popular seasonal service to Tokushima on Shikoku Island, launched last winter, will be returning on November 9, subject to government approval. Two weekly Cathay Dragon flights, also operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays, will run throughout the winter season using a two-class A320.
Cathay Pacific regional general manager- SAMEA, Mark Sutch, said: “Japan is fast becoming a popular destination for travellers from the Middle East and the addition of these seasonal direct flights from our home in Hong Kong provides additional travel options for those flying from Bahrain. Our customers now have more ways to discover exciting new experiences across this beautiful and culturally rich country.
“Opening up new routes to destinations forms a key part of our growth strategy and further boosts Hong Kong’s status as the leading international aviation hub in Asia.”
Tickets are now on sale on the Cathay Pacific website. Open-jaw tickets are also available, giving customers the option to fly to Niigata or Tokushima and return to Hong Kong from another gateway in Japan, or vice versa.
The addition of these two winter services will cap off an exciting year of expansion in Japan for the Cathay Pacific Group. Earlier this year, Cathay Pacific launched a new scheduled summer seasonal service to Komatsu, opening up Ishikawa Prefecture’s rich natural landscapes and cultural attractions to travellers. The Komatsu service is scheduled to operate until October 26.