Cathay Pacific brings back Perth-Hong Kong flights

Cathay Pacific returns to Western Australia, being the third Australian state served by the airline during the COVID-19 crisis.

By Chris C., September 4 2020
Cathay Pacific brings back Perth-Hong Kong flights

Cathay Pacific is once again serving Perth, bringing back non-stop flights between the WA capital and Hong Kong.

Operating five return services throughout September, the airline will fly from Hong Kong into Perth on September 4, 23, 25 and 30 as flight CX171, following the initial service into Perth on September 2.

Out of Perth, the first departure took place on September 3, with further flights running back to Hong Kong on September 4, 23, 25 and 30, as CX170. Here’s that flight schedule:


Flight number

Departure time (local)

Arrival time (local)


Hong Kong to Perth




Sept 2, 4, 23, 25, 30

Perth to Hong Kong




Sept 3, 4, 23, 25, 30

Cathay Pacific is using its Airbus A350-1000 on these flights, offering business class, premium economy and economy class. While caps apply to passenger numbers on flights into Australia, the airline is selling all three classes on flights from Perth to Hong Kong.

Review: Cathay Pacific A350-1000 business class, Perth-Hong Kong

“As we see confidence for essential travel increase, we’re pleased to be able to offer flight services from Perth once more,” said Richard Jones, Cathay Pacific’s Regional Head of Marketing and Sales.

However, the airline reminds that “all operating outbound flights (from Australia) are only available to passengers who are eligible to leave the country or have an exemption from the Australian Government to travel,” due to the closure of Australia’s borders, in effect since late March.

Perth joins Sydney and Melbourne on Cathay Pacific’s current route map, with flights into Brisbane and Adelaide remaining suspended for the time being.

All new Cathay Pacific tickets issued prior to October 31 2020 provide for unlimited free changes, in the event that the passenger can’t travel or would prefer to defer their journey.

Also read: Cathay confirms October debut for Airbus A321neo, new business class

Chris C.

Chris is a a former contributor to Executive Traveller.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 349

useless thx to the travel ban!   booked on an AA award ticket early December  CX First JFK-HKG, CX C HKG-PER then QF  C PER-ADL   its not happening Jan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

08 May 2020

Total posts 21

Complete with tiny, pin-hole spy cameras throughout the cabin of their aircraft?   For passenger            "safety and security" , of course, not to see which HKG based CX staff have taken part in protests and "other purposes".   No thanks.

11 Jun 2020

Total posts 6

I hope they are using their Australian based Pilots to do these flights. I always feel more comfortable when I hear that Aussie voice coming from the cockpit. 

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