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Cathay Pacific’s Brisbane-Hong Kong route will take wing once again from January 2021, restoring a service that’s been paused since March 2020 when Australia’s international travel restrictions came into effect.
As that ‘travel ban’ remains for those without an exemption to fly, the airline’s Brisbane service will operate just once per week at first.
From Hong Kong to Brisbane, CX155 will run on Sundays from January 3 – an overnight service, arriving in the Queensland capital on Monday mornings – while from Brisbane, CX150 operates on Mondays from January 4.
Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350-900s will make the voyage, complete with the airline’s latest business class seats, being a more refined version of the ‘Cirrus’ seats found flying on Cathay’s Airbus A330s and Boeing 777s, with refinements by Studio F.A. Porsche.
These jets also offer a cosy premium economy cabin of 28 seats, arranged in a 2-4-2 layout.
From February, the airline’s current flight plans show Brisbane-Hong Kong doubling to two weekly return flights, but how Cathay Pacific’s schedule shapes up beyond that remains to be seen.
Brisbane joins Cathay’s Sydney, Melbourne, Perth flights
Those are set to continue, with Sydney climbing from 5-6 weekly returns in December to seven weekly return flights in January 2021.
Melbourne is also set for an increase, from 3-4 weekly returns next month to a flat four weekly return flights from the New Year. Passengers will also be able to travel inbound on Cathay Pacific’s Melbourne flights from December 7, as Victoria welcomes back international arriving passengers.
Over in Perth, the airline’s single weekly return flight linking the city with Hong Kong will continue throughout December and January.
Cathay Pacific flights to Adelaide remain suspended.
Of course, with Australia’s international travel restrictions still in place, caps limiting the number of arriving passengers, and mandatory quarantine awaiting their arrival in Australia, flights are expected to remain limited until these restrictions are eased.
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