Asia travel boost: Cathay Pacific boosts Brisbane from Hong Kong in time for peak summer season

by James Wilkinson

From December 1, 2023, Cathay Pacific is set to increase its services from four flights per week to six between Brisbane and Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific will operate the increased services on flight CX156 every day from Friday to Wednesday departing from Brisbane at 00:55 and arriving in Hong Kong at 07:30.

The return flight CX157 will operate every day from Thursday to Tuesday departing from Hong Kong at 13:10 and arriving in Brisbane at 23:35, all using a Boeing 777-300ER.

“This week 41 years ago we celebrated the arrival of the very first Cathay Pacific 747 to Brisbane,” said Brisbane Airport Corporation Head of Aviation Marketing and Partnerships, Oliver Philpot. “And today we celebrate the expansion of this service as we slowly build back to full pre-Covid recovery.

“Make no mistake, the link between Brisbane and Hong Kong is one of the region’s most critical for Queensland exports, and this will deliver money into the pockets of rural producers across the state, as well as local seafood companies, and of course tourism operators.”

Cathay Pacific is currently the only airline flying between Brisbane and Hong Kong.

“Brisbane is a key port for Cathay Pacific for both our cargo and travel services, so it’s with great pleasure that we’re increasing our flight schedule,” said Cathay Pacific Acting Regional General Manager, Southwest Pacific, Sandeep Pillay.

“The support from the Queensland Government and Brisbane Airport is hugely valued as we increase our service from Brisbane to Hong Kong and beyond.”

Queensland Tourism Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the economic benefits of the Palaszczuk Government’s partnership with Queensland’s four international airports were far reaching.

“Cathay Pacific is a terrific example of our $200 million international aviation war chest driving investment in tourism and across the Queensland economy,” he said.