Cathay Pacific launches direct flights to Riyadh, enhancing connectivity and trade

Cathay Pacific is set to launch direct passenger flights to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital and financial hub, starting from 28 October 2024. This strategic move aims to bolster connectivity, trade, and cultural exchange between Hong Kong and countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.

The announcement was celebrated with a signing ceremony in Hong Kong, attended by notable figures such as Secretary for Transport and Logistics Lam Sai-hung, Consul General of Saudi Arabia in Hong Kong SAR, Hamad Aljebreen, Cathay Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam, and Saudi Air Connectivity Program Chief Executive Officer Majid Khan. The agreement was formalised by Cathay Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Lavinia Lau and Saudi Air Connectivity Program Aviation Development Vice President Rashed Alshammari.

Secretary for Transport and Logistics Lam Sai-hung highlighted the significance of the agreement, stating, “The signing of the cooperation agreement marks a significant milestone for the already prospering aviation partnership between Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia developed for almost two decades. The Hong Kong SAR Government is committed to strengthening aviation services on current major routes and routes along the Belt and Road with potential.”

Consul General Hamad Aljebreen remarked, “The inauguration of this route is a pivotal step in improving relations, building bridges of communication and cooperation, and strengthening economic, tourism, and cultural ties between Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong SAR. This launch will contribute significantly to opening broader horizons of cooperation and increasing partnerships, investments, and visitors, aligning with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the Belt and Road Initiative.”

Cathay Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam expressed excitement about the new route, “This new service will offer more travel options and greater convenience for our customers travelling to and from Saudi Arabia, as well as promote opportunities for business, trade, and tourism. Cathay firmly supports the Belt and Road Initiative, and we already serve 21 destinations in 14 participating countries.”

With this new service, Cathay Pacific continues to expand its network in the Middle East, further enhancing Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation hub.