TTME JANUARY 2019 - PAGE 5

‘Konnichiwa’ Ishikawa! greets Cathay

One of the first announcements for 2019 by Cathay Pacific is the expansion of its network to Japan with the introduction of the new route to Ishikawa from April 2019. The new twice weekly service will enable the UAE travellers to access the destination easily via Hong Kong.

TT Bureau

The new year will bring forth new routes for Cathay Pacific as it will add Ishikawa Prefecture from April 2019 further expanding its network in Japan. This new seasonal scheduled service to Komatsu next spring will definitely provide more accessibility to the UAE travellers to discover the beautiful natural landscapes and rich cultural attractions of Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture via Hong Kong. It will be a new twice weekly service which will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays between April 3 and October 26, 2019 using Airbus A330-300 aircraft featuring both Business and Economy Class cabins.

Cathay Pacific has operated charter flights to Komatsu, the gateway to Ishikawa, in central Honshu, at peak holiday periods over the past two years, and the introduction of the new scheduled service underlines the airline’s commitment to its key Japanese market. Tickets to and from Komatsu are now available to purchase at www.cathaypacific.com. With the addition of Komatsu to the network, Cathay Pacific and its regional airline Cathay Dragon will soon fly to a total of nine airports in eight cities across Japan – including the recent one at Tokushima. Together, the two airlines operate more than 150 services per week between Hong Kong and Japan during the summer months, providing unrivalled convenience to passengers.

Mark Sutch, Regional General Manager—South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Cathay Pacific said, “Our expansion strategy has been focused on growing new destinations, which gives our customers more choice, allows us to open up new revenue streams and strengthens our Hong Kong hub. It is no secret that Japan is an extremely popular destination for the UAE travellers and those from further afield – and for good reason. It is a place that offers something for everyone.”

Ishikawa’s capital Kanazawa is known for its spectacular Edo period architecture, with Kanazawa Castle and the adjacent Kenrokuen Garden as among the region’s main attractions. The natural beauty of the Noto Peninsula and Wajima, home to the famed coastal terraced rice fields of Shiroyone Senmaida, will delight lovers with great outdoors, while Kaga is noted countrywide for its hot-spring onsen. Ishikawa is also known as the ‘Food Treasury’ for its gastronomic diversity.

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