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Wednesday 16th of April 2014
Car Hire Manchester Airport are pleased to provide news of a new direct long-haul route, which is also providing new jobs.
More than 200 jobs will be created at Manchester Airport after it secured a direct flight to the Far East. Airline Cathay Pacific will fly a direct flight to Hong Kong in China four times a week. This also makes Manchester Airport the only UK airport outside London to have a direct provision to China. The route will begin flights in December with tickets on sale by the end of April
Manchester Airports Group chief executive Charlie Cornish said “We are delighted to welcome Cathay Pacific scheduled passenger services to Manchester Airport. This announcement follows lengthy discussions with airlines regarding direct flights from Manchester to Hong Kong and mainland China. It is therefore satisfying to see Cathay Pacific recognise the potential of Manchester Airport’s business, leisure and ethnic catchment strength by providing direct services from here. We know that more than 100,000 passengers currently begin their journey in the North West and travel to Hong Kong, so we are keen to serve that demand directly.”
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester Council, said “The better connected Manchester is nationally and internationally, the better placed we will be to compete on a world stage, attracting jobs, investment and visitors. The announcement of this new direct route to China further strengthens Manchester Airport’s status as a global hub and the city’s commercial links with the world’s fastest growing economy.”
The flights will leave Manchester Airport at midday on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The airport has also already secured investment from the Beijing Construction and Engineering Group towards its £800 million Airport City scheme.