Cathay Pacific to connect Hong Kong with Riyadh

Cathay Pacific announced Thursday it will commence direct passenger flights between Hong Kong and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia starting October 28, 2024.

The three weekly flights using Airbus A350-900 aircraft aim to enhance connectivity and economic ties between Hong Kong and countries participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

At a signing ceremony in Hong Kong, key officials from both sides welcomed the new air link as a significant milestone in the aviation partnership between Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.

“The Hong Kong SAR Government is committed to strengthening aviation services on current major routes and routes along the Belt and Road with potential,” said Secretary for Transport and Logistics Lam Sai-hung.

“Following Cathay Pacific’s initiative to commence services to Riyadh, we will be able to expand Hong Kong’s aviation network and enhance air connectivity between us and the Middle East, which further consolidates Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation hub.”

Hamad Aljebreen, Consul General of Saudi Arabia in Hong Kong, highlighted the route’s potential to “improve relations, build bridges of communication and cooperation, and strengthen economic, tourism and cultural ties” between the two sides.

Cathay Pacific CEO Ronald Lam expressed enthusiasm about further strengthening the airline’s Middle East network and promoting opportunities for business, trade, and tourism.

Meanwhile, Saudi Air Connectivity Program CEO Majid Khan welcomed Cathay Pacific’s entry, anticipating increased inbound tourism from Hong Kong and the airline’s wider network.

In addition to the new passenger service, Cathay Cargo currently operates freighter flights between Hong Kong and Riyadh.

Flight No.RouteDeparture TimeArrival TimeDays of Operation
CX-647HKG-RUH1505H2015HMonday, Thursday, Saturday
CX-648RUH-HKG2215H1110H+1Monday, Thursday, Saturday
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