CATHAY PACIFIC WILL SAY HOLA TO MADRID


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Cathay Pacific will soon extend their European network with the launch next year of their new Madrid service.

From 2 June 2016, Cathay Pacific will be offering the new four times weekly flights to Madrid, the capital city of Spain, via their Hong Kong hub. As the only direct link between Hong Kong and Madrid, the new service will provide greater convenience for business and leisure customers travelling between the two cities and give passengers travelling from Australia easy access to this key European city.

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Strategically located in the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid is culturally rich yet cosmopolitan. The vibrant city is an important financial and business centre that also draws leisure travellers from around the world thanks to its historical landmarks and rich heritage. It is also home to Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, two of Europe’s biggest football teams.

Madrid is a sophisticated city with incredible architecture and fabulous food. Tapas bars with their enticing food plates and wine selections are to be seen throughout the city, as well as a huge variety of indoor and outdoor restaurants.

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One of the easiest ways to see Madrid’s sights, especially if you are short of time, is by the double-decker open top Hop-on Hop-off red bus, with its interconnecting two routes taking you all over the city.

Madrid is also home to two of the world’s most famous art galleries, The Prado Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art. Several hours should be set aside to view each of these magnificent galleries.

To ensure passengers enjoy a superior inflight experience, Cathay Pacific will operate flights using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the airline’s award-winning Business Class, new Premium Economy and long-haul Economy Class seats. An on-demand entertainment system in all classes will help to keep passengers relaxed and entertained.

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Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu said: “We are delighted to launch flights to Madrid and become the only airline to offer direct non-stop services between Hong Kong and Spain. Network expansion is part of our core strategy, underpinning our efforts to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s great international aviation hubs. We are committed to expanding our presence in Europe, having recently added Manchester, Zurich and Düsseldorf to our network, and we are now pleased to offer more choice and convenience to passengers travelling between Hong Kong and Madrid.”

Tickets for the new Madrid service are now on sale and the Spanish capital has been included in Cathay Pacific’s Earlybird fares from Australian cities for 2016.

Other European destinations that Cathay Pacific currently visit are London, Manchester, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Zurich, making Madrid a welcome addition to this range of exciting cities.

From 2 June 2016, Cathay Pacific’s tentative Northern Summer Madrid service departs Hong Kong on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 0045 arriving in Madrid at 0845, with the return service departing Madrid at 1225 and arriving in Hong Kong at 0705+1.

Slight variations occur with the Northern Winter service that sees Madrid arrival times at 0810 and departure times at 1120.

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