Cathay Pacific to resume passenger flights between Hong Kong and Auckland

Cathay Pacific has announced it will recommence passenger services between Auckland and Hong Kong.

The airline, which until COVID-19 operated daily flights between the two cities, will begin a twice-weekly service on November 27.

These flights will be in addition to the Air New Zealand-operated codeshare flights. 

Air NZ will continue to work with Cathay Pacific to operate three flights-per-week in November and two flights-per-week in December.  

Cathay Pacific's South West Pacific Regional General Manager Rakesh Raicar said he was "thrilled" with the announcement.

"Although far from business as usual, I'm pleased to say our return is a small but significant step," he said.

Passengers flying into Auckland will still need to abide by New Zealand border controls, including reserving and securing their place in a managed isolation facility before they board their Aotearoa-bound flight. Kiwis travelling to Hong Kong either as a destination or as a stop-off point will also need to check they're up to date on the latest government guidance for each country they will be entering.  

Face coverings will continue to be mandatory on these flights.

Cathay Pacific says it has adjusted meal preparation and service, blocked seating where possible, brought in health screening and temperature checks and has equipped counters and common areas with an antimicrobial coating.

Cathay Pacific has been recognised by Skytrax as one of the world's top 10 cleanest airlines for five years in a row.

Flights operated by Cathay Pacific from Auckland to Hong Kong, CX113 and CX198, will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, while the codeshare flights will use Air NZ's 787-9 Dreamliners.