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Cathay Pacific Expands Network with Flights to Riyadh

The Hong Kong-based carrier adds service to Riyadh, expanding its network and strengthening regional ties.

A Cathay Pacific A350 at SFO (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Cathay Pacific Airways announced an expansion of its network this week, unveiling new non-stop flights to Riyadh, the capital and financial center of Saudi Arabia. These flights, commencing in October 2024, are expected to bridge the gap between Hong Kong and the Middle East, fostering trade, cultural exchange, and overall connectivity with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.

The announcement was commemorated with a signing ceremony in Hong Kong, attended by high-level officials from both Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.

Strengthening Partnerships and Regional Ties

The agreement marks a significant milestone for the growing aviation partnership between Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. Hong Kong Secretary for Transport and Logistics Lam Sai-hung expressed his optimism, stating the new route will expand Hong Kong’s reach in the Middle East, solidifying its position as a premier international aviation hub.

Similarly, the Consul General of Saudi Arabia in Hong Kong SAR, Hamad Aljebreen, emphasized the potential for increased cooperation. He described the route inauguration as a “pivotal step” in strengthening economic, tourism, and cultural ties between the two countries. He further noted its alignment with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 and the Belt and Road Initiative.

Cathay Pacific Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam highlighted the strategic importance of the new route. Mr. Lam lauded Cathay Pacific’s commitment to the Belt and Road Initiative, noting the airline currently serves 21 destinations in 14 participating countries. He pledged continued development of flight services, focusing on both existing major routes and those connecting Hong Kong with Belt and Road countries.

The route will be operated by the carrier’s Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft, offering Business, Premium Economy, and Economy cabins to cater to diverse traveler needs. Flights will operate three times a week, providing a regular connection between the two economic hubs.

Tolga Karadeniz


  • Tolga Karadeniz

    Tolga is a dedicated aviation enthusiast with years of experience in the industry. From an early age, his fascination with aviation went beyond a mere passion for travel, evolving into a deliberate exploration of the complex mechanics and engineering behind aircraft. As a writer, he aims to share insights , providing readers with a view into the complex inner workings of the aviation industry.

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