Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has secured yet another prestigious codeshare agreement, this time with Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific, strengthening its proposition to connect its regional customers with ‘One Stop to the World’ routes.
Starting on 8 December, Flybe customers in Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Exeter, Inverness, the Isle of Man and Southampton will be able to use a single ticket to fly from their local airport to Hong Kong via seamless connection through Manchester Airport onto Cathay Pacific’s new four times a week direct flight from Manchester to Hong Kong.
Customers will be able to make full use of this One Stop to Hong Kong service through bookings via the Cathay Pacific website or through local travel agents.
Today’s news builds upon the Flybe’s current portfolio of existing codeshare partnerships with Aer Lingus, Air France, British Airways, Etihad, Finnair and KLM along with 17 interline partners that includes Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Air Portugal and Qatar Airways.
Established in 1946, Cathay Pacific Airways is Hong Kong's flagship carrier which serves more than 90 destinations in some 35 countries across Asia, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa.
Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our new codeshare agreement with Cathay Pacific is another exciting development for the new Flybe. We are now giving customers in the UK regions access to Hong Kong through Manchester Airport and relieving them of the need to undertake long road or rail journeys to the UK's congested south east hub airports. This new one stop to China service reinforces our commitment to provide one stop to the world connections for customers in the UK regions.”
Rupert Hogg, Cathay Pacific's Chief Operating Officer, added: "This new agreement comes at the perfect time as we will be launching a four-times-weekly service between Hong Kong and Manchester on 8 December. The code-share flights with Flybe will provide our passengers with greater choice and ease of connection to different cities within the UK from Hong Kong via Manchester."