Cathay back in Beijing

3 December 2003

HONG KONG - Cathay Pacific Airways launched its first service back to Beijing last night, after a 13-year absence.

In a statement released last night, Philip Chen, Cathay Director and COO said the flights, while now only three times per week are an important milestone in Cathay's goal to build up Hong Kong as a hub and gateway to mainland China.

"By combining our global network with convenient connecting services, Cathay Pacific aims to strengthen Hong Kong's position as a global aviation hub and gateway to the Chinese Mainland, as well as promote tourism," he said.

Among the 280 passengers on board flight CX318 to Beijing was Marjorie Ho who had also flown on Cathay's final flight to mainland China back in May 1990.

"I waited 13 years for Cathay Pacific to fly back," Ms Ho said. She is travelling to Beijing with her husband on a four-day tour of the capital city.

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