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Cathay Pacific's inaugural flight from Dublin to Hong Kong took off on 2nd June, carrying a full complement of 280 passengers and 15 tonnes of Irish cargo bound for a number of Asian destinations. Departing passengers enjoyed a special gate ceremony to celebrate the launch of the new Hong Kong-Dublin service, with refreshments and a traditional Chinese lion dance. The service operates four times a week, complementing the airline's codeshare flights from Shannon, Cork and Belfast to London's Heathrow Airport.

In the same month, Cathay Pacific also celebrated the launch of its new four-times-weekly Hong Kong to Brussels service. Guest of honour, Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, was joined by officials from the European Union, Belgium and Hong Kong at a ceremony to mark the event held at the Square – Brussels Convention Centre in Belgium on 14th June. In July, the new service was further enhanced by a codeshare agreement signed with Brussels Airlines. The agreement enables Cathay Pacific to codeshare on selected services operated by Brussels Airlines between Brussels and seven popular destinations across Europe, including Berlin (Tegel), Hamburg, Lyon (Saint Exupery), Marseilles, Toulouse, Oslo and Prague.

(Second left to second right) Cathay Pacific's General Manager Europe, James Ginns, Henrik Hololei, European Commission Director-General for Mobility and Transport, Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg, Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, Johan Van Overtveldt, Minister of Finance of the Federal Government of Belgium, and Vivian Cheung, Deputy Director, Aviation Development, Airport Authority Hong Kong, at the celebration in Belgium.
(Second left to second right) Cathay Pacific's General Manager Europe, James Ginns, Henrik Hololei, European Commission Director-General for Mobility and Transport, Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg, Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, Johan Van Overtveldt, Minister of Finance of the Federal Government of Belgium, and Vivian Cheung, Deputy Director, Aviation Development, Airport Authority Hong Kong, at the celebration in Belgium.


Additionally, Cathay Pacific will commence a new non-stop service to Seattle on 31st March 2019; the four-times-weekly service will see the city become the airline's eighth passenger destination in the USA, and its tenth in North America.

Meanwhile, Cathay Dragon will launch new services to Davao City in the Philippines and Medan in Indonesia from 28th and 29th October respectively, boosting Hong Kong's connections with two of ASEAN's founding member states. The service to Davao City will operate four times a week, whilst Medan will be served three times a week. Both services will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft.

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