After more than 2.5 years, Cathay Pacific has restored direct service between Milan Malpensa and Hong Kong. The Cathay Pacific A350-1000 is used to fly the route.
Along with Andrea Tucci, Vice President of Aviation Business Development of SEA Aeroporti Milano, a delegation from Cathay Pacific management comprised of Ronald Lam, Chief Customer, and Commercial Officer, and Kinto Chan, General Manager of Europe, welcomed the first flight’s 334 passengers to celebrate the return of a vital connection for business and leisure traffic departing and transiting from Milan’s international airport.
“Today is a great day for the business community and for international tourism,” said Ronald Lam, Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, Cathay Pacific.
“After more than two years we are returning to offer a direct connection between Milan, the most important city for trade and business in Italy and gateway to the incredible artistic, cultural and scenic heritage of the country, and Hong Kong, Asia’s primary financial and tourism hub: the strategic importance of this axis is evident in both directions.”
Andrea Tucci, Vice President of Aviation Business Development at SEA Aeroporti Milano, commented: “With satisfaction, we welcome Cathay back to Malpensa.
The carrier’s decision to restart connections to Italy, as soon as regulatory and business conditions allowed, and the decision to focus on Malpensa as a priority to reactivate connections from Italy on its network, confirms the strategic role of our infrastructure in particular for long-haul connections.
The combination of a strong and rapidly recovering market measured by the size of the catchment area served and the attractiveness of the area for all travel segments and motivations is the founding element in Cathay’s investment decision.”