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Asia is on the top of almost every student;s bucket list, but sometimes the actual travelling can put people off with so many different flights and layovers.
 
But today, there has been some good news! Airline Cathay Pacific has announced that it will operate a new direct Dublin-Hong Kong service four times per week from next June. Result!
 
The new service will be Dublin Airport’s first ever direct route to the Asia-Pacific region, and it's being celebrated as a major milestone for the airport.
 
Speaking to Dublin Airport, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said:
 
“We are thrilled to welcome Cathay Pacific to Dublin Airport and to Ireland. Dublin Airport is competing for routes like this with other major European airports, so winning this new business is hugely positive news for Ireland, for foreign direct investment, for Irish exporters, and for inbound tourism". 
 
It's understood that the airport had been vying for this new routefor several years now. They worked together with several other bodies to achieve this much sought after route. The Director continued saying:
 
“We would like to thank the Irish Embassy in China, the Consulate in Hong Kong, our colleagues at Tourism Ireland and other key stakeholders such as IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia.”
 
According to the airport, currently about 40,000 people per year travel between Dublin and Hong Kong, which is sure to increase with his new route.   
 
The new Dublin flight is expected to arrive in Hong Kong early in the morning local time, providing a wide range of connecting options with flights to mainland China, Japan, Korea, South-East Asia and Australia on the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon networks.
 
The new route still start oune 2, 2018, and will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
 
The planned flight times for the new Hong Kong route are as follows (all times local):
 
In summer, the flight will depart Dublin at 11.55, arriving in Hong Kong at 07.05. The return flight will depart Hong Kong at 00.50, arriving in Dublin at 06.45. In winter, the flight will depart Dublin at 11.00, arriving in Hong Kong at 07.30. The return flight will depart Hong Kong at 00.15 and arrive in Dublin at 05.30.