Cathay Pacific to resume passenger flights to New Zealand

Cathay Pacific is set to resume passenger flights in and out of Auckland later this month.

The Hong Kong airline has been operating cargo only flights during the COVID-19 pandemic but announced on Friday passenger services would be returning July 8.

The announcement comes after the easing of restrictions in Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific will operate one flight to and from Aotearoa every week, in addition to an Air New Zealand operated codeshare flight operating on the same route.

"Following a brief suspension of our Auckland service we are looking forward to returning to New Zealand skies this month as part of our efforts to support Kiwis who need to travel," Cathay Pacific South-West Pacific Manager,  Rakesh Raicar said.

"The safety of our passengers is a number one priority and we have enhanced wellbeing measures across every stage of their journey to provide peace of mind. Passengers can also continue to travel with confidence knowing they have the freedom of making unlimited changes to their new tickets without any fees." 

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 flight as part of the New Zealand Government's Managed Isolation Allocation System. 

Kiwis travelling to Hong Kong and beyond will also need to check they're up to date with the latest government guidance for each country. 

The flights will operate on Thursdays departing Auckland as CX198 at 1.45pm local time, arriving in Hong Kong at 9.25pm on the same day.

The Hong Kong to Auckland flight will depart Hong Kong as CX2113 at 4.35pm local time, arriving at 7.20am the following morning in New Zealand.

Face coverings remain mandatory on the flights.