Macau is known as an entertainment and tourism center, which happens to be just an hour long boat ride across in the South China Sea from Hong Kong. For many travellers, it is an easy day trip for visitors to Hong Kong. It also happens to be growing part of the trade, business and logistical growth of the Pearl River Delta. If you happen to be travelling on Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, you will now have a more convenient way to plan and book a trip to Macau after a new agreement was made with the airline and ferry operator Cotai Water Jet.

Starting February 26, Cathay will begin a codeshare service with Cotai Water Jet on ferry trips from Hong Kong Airport's ferry terminal to the Taipa Ferry Terminal and the Cotai Strip. This would allow travellers to book the trips on Cathay Pacific's website and connect to Macau without going to Hong Kong city center.

Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said: “We are excited to add Macao to our growing network. It is a vibrant attraction for international travellers to visit when they fly to our home. Our new codeshare partnership with Cotai Water Jet provides our customers with greater choice and more options and is a win-win for these two dynamic cities.

“Furthermore, we are also delighted to provide Macao residents and those across the Pearl River Delta with convenient flight connections to over 200 destinations on the Cathay Pacific Group’s international network via Hong Kong.”

The Director of Macao Government Tourism Office, Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, said she was highly supportive of the new codeshare agreement.

“Macao has grown to become a popular leisure and business tourism destination in the Pearl River Delta region. Apart from a rich cultural heritage of Chinese and Portuguese influences in its genetic makeup, the city has also made a name for itself as a multi-faceted tourism hub, characterised by UNESCO heritage sites, fully integrated luxurious mega resorts with facilities for meetings, conventions, exhibitions and world-class entertainment, as well as spectacular international events all year round, plus, the recent designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.

“The codeshare arrangement will certainly enhance accessibility to and from the region for many international markets, thereby further supporting and facilitating the development of Macao into a world centre of tourism and leisure,” she added.

Booking for rides on the Cotai Water Jet will be available online for Cathay Pacific customers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. Cathay will eventually open up bookings for travellers from other parts of the world.