Cathay welcomes government move to strengthen the aviation sector

A Cathay Pacific Boeing 747 on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Cathay Pacific.

Responding to the Budget Speech delivered by Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, Cathay Pacific commended the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government’s efforts to strengthen the Hong Kong international aviation hub.

As a vital player in Hong Kong’s aviation landscape, Cathay Pacific is dedicated to facilitating connectivity from Hong Kong.

It connects the Chinese Mainland, and the rest of the world while ensuring sustainable growth.

Cathay’s Role in Hong Kong’s Aviation Hub

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s national carrier, plays a pivotal role in maintaining the city’s status as a global aviation hub.

Cathay Pacific is instrumental in connecting Hong Kong with the global economy. Connections are made via a network of approximately 120 airlines servicing around 180 destinations worldwide from (HKIA).

The airline will sustain its operations as Hong Kong’s home carrier, ensuring smooth connectivity for passengers and cargo alike.

A Cathay Pacific aircraft is refuelled with SAF.
Photo Credit: Cathay Pacific

The Three-Runway System and Future Prospects

The introduction of the Three-Runway System at HKIA represents a significant milestone for Hong Kong’s aviation industry.

Cathay Pacific eagerly anticipates the new opportunities arising from this expansion, expecting increased capacity and enhanced efficiency in air travel.

The airline fully supports the Government’s proactive measures to capitalize on this development, as it will foster greater intermodal connectivity.

In addition, it will mean expanding flight services, particularly along major routes and those linked to the Belt and Road Initiative.

Intermodal Connectivity in the Greater Bay Area

Acknowledging the strategic importance of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Three-Runway System, Cathay Pacific notes the value of leveraging these infrastructural advancements to bolster intermodal connectivity.

By strengthening collaboration with cities in the Greater Bay Area, Cathay Pacific aims to further integrate itself into the regional market. Achieving this will mean facilitating seamless cargo transhipments and bolstering economic growth across the area.

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Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

In line with global efforts to combat climate change, Cathay Pacific recognizes the pivotal role of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in achieving decarbonization within the aviation sector.

Furthermore, the airline applauds the Government’s commitment to exploring measures that promote SAF adoption in Hong Kong.

To this end, Cathay Pacific will also collaborate with relevant stakeholders to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy, ensuring the long-term sustainability of Hong Kong’s aviation hub.

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A Cathay Pacific Cargo Boeing 747 freighter aircraft on the ground.
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Talent Development and Tourism Promotion

As part of its comprehensive growth strategy, Cathay Pacific remains dedicated to nurturing talent within Hong Kong’s aviation industry.

With this focus on recruitment and training initiatives, the airline hopes to equip individuals with the skills necessary to support its ongoing expansion efforts.

Furthermore, Cathay Pacific welcomes the Government’s endeavors to maximize the tourism industry’s contribution to Hong Kong’s economy.

The airline will play an active role by attracting visitors and promoting the city as a premier destination.


Cathay Pacific reaffirmed its support for the Hong Kong SAR Government’s initiatives. Implementation of the initiatives will mean fortifying the city’s international aviation hub.

The Three-Runway System is also expected to increase capacity and efficiency at HKIA. Along with this will come opportunities for expanded flight services and enhanced connectivity, both regionally and globally.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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