Cathay Pacific has joined the growing list of airlines returning to Sydney and Melbourne from November 1, when New South Wales and Victoria will both removes all quarantine requirements for the fully-vaccinated and Australia scraps its international travel ban.
The Qantas partner and Oneworld member will make all seats on its Hong Kong-Sydney and Hong Hong Kong-Melbourne flights available for travellers beginning their journey in Hong Kong or connecting from other parts of the world, subject to transit requirements, and provided they are "fully-vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family."
Cathay Pacific has confirmed the following restart schedule to Executive Traveller, effective Monday November 1, 2021:
- CX101 departs every day at 11.55pm to reach Sydney at noon the following day
- CX139 departs Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 8.45am, arriving into Sydney at 8.50pm
- CX100 departs 3.45pm each day, reaching Hong Kong at 9.55pm
- CX138 departs Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 10.20pm, arriving into Hong Kong at 5am the next day
- CX105 departs every day at 12.25am to reach Melbourne at 12.25pm the following day
- CX163 departs Tuesday and Thursday at 11am, arriving into Melbourne at 11pm
- CX104 departs 3.40pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, reaching Hong Kong at 9.45pm
- CX178 departs Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1am, arriving into Hong Kong at 6.55am the next day
Double-jabbed travellers from Australia also book onto the Sydney-Hong Kong flight, although given Hong Kong's strict entry requirements – which include 14 days of quarantine – that's more likely to be the first leg of a longer journey to other destinations on the CX network.
Passengers can transit through Hong Kong under the following conditions:
- their itinerary is contained in a single booking;
- they meet the entry requirements of their final destination;
- they have their baggage checked through to the final destination;
- they have been issued their onward boarding pass(es) from their origin; and
- the connection time between flights is within 24 hours.
Cathay Pacific has also temporarily designated The Wing Business Class lounge – at the top of the airport's main terminal, across from gates 1-4 – as a dedicated transit lounge, with The Wing First Class being set aside for passengers starting their journey from Hong Kong.
Both lounges open at 5.30am, in time for the first Cathay Pacific flights of the day.
Cathay's upscale The Pier lounges remain closed, and as previously reported, the The Bridge lounge – nestled between gates 35-36 of the airport's West Concourse, just before the terminal split into north and south piers – will remain permanently closed, along with the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.