Cathay Pacific Looks to Add Davao and Medan to its ASEAN Network

Indonesia, Philippines, Cathay Pacific, air transport

Cathay Dragon, a regional affiliate of Hong Kong main carrier Cathay Pacific is launching this winter season two new routes in ASEAN. One will link Hong Kong to Davao in the Philippines and the second one will link Medan in Indonesia.

he Cathay Pacific Group’s network continues to grow from strength to strength with regional airline Cathay Dragon introducing two new services, to Davao City and Medan, from 28 and 29 October respectively.

The cities are the eighth and ninth new destinations the group has announced during an unprecedented year of expansion and will boost Hong Kong’s connections with two of ASEAN’s founding member states.

Davao City, the main trade, business and tourism centre of the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, will be served four times a week; while Medan, the thriving capital of North Sumatra in Indonesia, will be served three times a week.

The new routes, the only non-stop flights between Hong Kong and Davao City and Hong Kong and Medan, will both be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said the new services reflect the group’s commitment to growing its reach to destinations not otherwise served directly from Hong Kong, providing customers with more choice and strengthening Hong Kong’s status as Asia’s largest international aviation hub.

“Davao City and Medan are key trade and tourism centres in their respective regions and each looks set play an important role in the Belt and Road Initiative. As such, both present exciting opportunities for business and leisure travellers alike,” he said.

Both cities have also sizeable population from Chinese origin. Davao (Mindanao) is the largest city in Southern Philippines with a population of 1.5 million inhabitants. The city has also the largest settlement of “Chinoys” (Filipinos of Chinese descent) in the Philippines.

The destination is famed for unspoiled beaches and fantastic diving sites. Davao will be served four times a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with an Airbus A320 offering two classes of service. Cathay serves already Manila and Cebu in the Philippines.

Medan is Sumatra island largest city with a population of 2.3 million and an important centre for agriculture, industry and education on the island. It has also an important Chinese originated local population, mounting to 25% of Medan total population.

The city is the gateway to one of Indonesia’s most spectacular landscape area, Lake Toba with its rich Batak ethnic culture. The city will be linked three times a week to Hong Kong on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday (return flight will be on Monday, Thursday and Saturday). Cathay serves already in Indonesia Jakarta, Denpasar (Bali) and Surabaya.

“Our convenient new services will capture the demand from Hong Kong and beyond, while at the same time providing customers in the Philippines and Indonesia with more options when connecting to the Cathay Pacific Group’s extensive Mainland China and international networks.”

Already this year, the Cathay Pacific Group has launched services to Nanning, Jinan and Brussels. Other new routes to take-off in 2018 include Dublin (June) and Washington (September), as well as seasonal services to Copenhagen (May) and Cape Town (November).