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Cathay lauds Hong Kong agreements with China, India

Cathay lauds Hong Kong agreements with China, India

Cathay Pacific said Thursday that it welcomed new agreements that strengthen aviation ties between Mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as ties between India and Hong Kong.

   'We welcome the expansion of air services between Hong Kong and the mainland as this further enhances the status of Hong Kong as the premier gateway to the mainland and a leading international aviation hub,' Cathay Pacific CEO Tony Tyler said in a statement. 'We welcome the opportunities to further expand our network in the Mainland and bring more Hong Kong and international passengers to the Mainland using Hong Kong as a hub.'

   The new deal with India is particularly significant in that it could allow Cathay to more than double its existing services to Delhi and Mumbai. The agreement also allows for the launch of passenger services to the new points of Chennai and Bangalore. Cathay currently operates four flights per week to Delhi and another four flights a week to Mumbai.

   'In recent years we have seen a significant rise in demand to and from India, driven by the rapid growth in the country's economy, and we are ready and willing to increase the number of flights we operate and destinations we serve,' Tyler said.