Cathay Pacific is expanding its connections within the Pearl River Delta with a new codeshare agreement with Chu Kong Passenger Transport (CKS).
The new codeshare agreement will see Cathay’s CX airline code on CKS operated high-speed ferry services (3A) from Hong Kong Airport to key ports within the area such as Humen, Lianhuashan, Nansha, Shekou, Fuyong (for Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport), Zhongshan and Zhuhai. Travelers planning to take the ferry service to/from Hong Kong Airport can have their bags checked through and a choice of cabin.
For Cathay Pacific customers from outside Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, tickets can be purchased through the airline’s website while mainland Chinese customers can do so with selected travel agencies. The initial markets that can book trips on the ferry services are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. Cathay Pacific will expand the booking eligibility over the next few months.
As a major airline in the region, Cathay Pacific’s Chief Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said: “We are delighted to partner with CKS and provide our customers with greater choice and more options. Extending our reach to these seven ports, providing seamless connectivity between the major financial, commercial and transportation centres of the Greater Bay Area, gives us an excellent opportunity to open up new revenue streams. At the same time, customers can take advantage of our convenient flight connections to over 200 destinations across our international network via Hong Kong.”
Since 1985, CKS has run high speed ferry routes around Hong Kong and Macau and other cities in the Pearl River Delta. Chu Kong Passenger Transport Co. Ltd. Managing Director Tian Weiqing stated: “The codeshare co-operation with Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s home airline, is a major strategic opportunity for the development of the Greater Bay Area. Chu Kong has over 30 years’ experience in managing ferry services connecting Hong Kong and various ports in mainland China. This co-operation will benefit customers all over the world by creating a new network of connections within the Greater Bay Area.”