Qantas will restart Hong Kong flights in January 2023

The Chinese New Year looks set to bring good fortune for Qantas and other airlines returning to Hong Kong.

By David Flynn, December 30 2022
Qantas will restart Hong Kong flights in January 2023

Qantas is locking in its return to Hong Kong, with flights from Sydney taking off at the end of January followed by Melbourne in late March.

Sydney-Hong Kong (QF127/QF128) will resume from Monday January 30 with three flights per week – on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – until February 27, at which point it moves to a daily schedule.

Melbourne-Hong Kong (QF29/QF30) bounces back on Sunday March 26 with daily flights from the get-go.

Both the Sydney and Melbourne flights feature the familiar Airbus A330 workhorse, with 28 lie-flat Business Suites but lacking premium economy.

The same period sees Oneworld partner Cathay Pacific running around two flights each day from Sydney and Melbourne on its modern Airbus A350s, which feature the airline’s latest business class and premium economy offerings.

Cathay Pacific is steadily rebuilding its worldwide network and bringing back more aircraft from deep storage in Australia's Northern Territory, with the aim of being back to 70% of pre-pandemic passenger capacity levels by the end of 2023 and 100% by the end of 2024. 

What’s not coming back is the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge: as Executive Traveller first reported in August 2021, that boutique lounge has long been shuttered, stripped and gutted.

Qantas will instead be directing all lounge-worthy travellers – including Qantas Club members – to Cathay Pacific’s lounges.

“In Hong Kong we've come to a relationship with Cathay to use their premium lounges,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce confirmed to Executive Traveller in August 2021.

At the time of writing, Hong Kong airport remains split into two zones which segregate passengers flying on mainland China from other international travellers – with the result that not all of Cathay Pacific’s lounges can be enjoyed by all passengers.

However, this is expected to change when travel between Hong Kong and mainland China resumes from early next year.

As previously reported, Hong Kong no longer requires inbound travellers to take a PCR test as of December 29, while also scrapping mandatory vaccine passes – although arrivals will need to undertake either a rapid test within 24 hours of their flight departing for the city, or a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival.

JD1
JD1

03 Aug 2020

Total posts 9

So pleased to see Qantas finally returning to one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Mar 2015

Total posts 95

While I am pleased that the QF network is getting back to whatever "normal" is, I am even more pleased that Qantas is able to negotiate a deal with Cathay Pacific over lounges.  For two airlines that seem to have natural affinities and complemtary strengths, the appearance of a level of mutual distrust verging on hatred was bizarre.  


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