Cathay Pacific Airlines: our experience traveling to Hong Kong

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Cathay Pacific Airlines is an airline with hubs at Hong Kong International Airport and Kai Tak International Airport. Headquartered in Hong Kong, it operates to over 200 destinations, including Europe, Asia, Pacific, North America, Middle East, and Africa.

It is a member of the Oneworld Alliance, along with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SriLankan Airlines, Fiji Airways, and also Oman Air.

Moreover, it is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 airlines globally. In 2014, it won the Airline of the Year award by Skytrax, and in 2016, it was recognized as the safest airline in the world.

We traveled with Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, and based on this experience, we share our opinion here. Additionally, I included essential information, such as the address and contacts of Cathay Pacific in the United Kingdom.

I hope this information helps you plan your trip, but if you need further assistance, please feel free to leave a comment.

Everything You Need to Know About Cathay Pacific Airlines

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Boarding a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong.
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Cathay Pacific plane at London Airport.

How does Cathay Pacific’s online check-in work?

Aeroporto de Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Airport.

The online check-in for Cathay Pacific is available 48 hours before the flight departure, but only for those who register on Cathay’s platform.

This registration is free and worthwhile since it allows for earlier check-in.

Where does Cathay Pacific fly to in Europe?

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Humberto Delgado Airport, in Lisbon.
Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro (OPO), Porto.
Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO), in Porto.
Painel de Partidas no Aeroporto de Hong Kong.
Departures Panel at Hong Kong Airport.

Cathay flies to 19 European countries, so here’s the complete list to help you organize your trip:

  • Austria;
  • Belgium;
  • Croatia;
  • Czech Republic;
  • Denmark;
  • Finland;
  • France;
  • Germany;
  • Greece;
  • Hungary;
  • Italy;
  • Netherlands;
  • Norway;
  • Portugal;
  • Serbia;
  • Spain;
  • Sweden;
  • Switzerland;
  • United Kingdom.

Address and contacts of Cathay Pacific Airlines in the United Kingdom

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Flight from London to Hong Kong, operated by Cathay Pacific Airlines.

The address of Cathay Pacific’s offices in London is as follows:

Zone C, Departures Building, Terminal 3,

London Heathrow Airport

Reservations: +44 20 7660 8992;

Baggage Services: Tel: +44 20 7660 8992; Email:

The address of Cathay Pacific’s offices in Manchester is as follows:

Terminal 2, Departures Level,

Manchester Airport

Reservations: +44 20 7660 8992;

Baggage Services: Tel: +44 (0) 330 094 8861; Email:

How does the Cathay stopover in Hong Kong work?

Visiting Hong Kong on a Cathay stopover.

Cathay offers a stopover program for flights with layovers at Hong Kong Airport, allowing passengers to visit the city.

To access the Hong Kong stopover, your trip must be purchased on Cathay’s website. Choose the “Multi-city” option and select a flight with a layover in Hong Kong.

Once you find your trip, follow the instructions to book the stopover in Hong Kong.

Our experience with Cathay Pacific Airlines

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Traveling as a family with Cathay Pacific Airlines.
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In-flight entertainment on Cathay Pacific aircraft.

The plane we traveled on was quite large (three rows with three seats each), and all seats had access to a console with movies, TV series, documentaries, music, and other entertainment for several hours.

The seats were comfortable, considering that we traveled in economy class, and the available space was reasonable.

Another positive point was that our family of four stayed together, even though we didn’t opt to reserve seats in advance.

This is because to reserve seats in advance, we would have had to incur an extra cost.

At the beginning of the flight, they gave us a menu with descriptions of the meals to choose from.

The first photo refers to the dinner served on the outbound flight to Hong Kong, and the second photo refers to the lunch served on the return flight.

Food served on board Cathay Pacific flight.
Food served on board Cathay Pacific flight.

As an Asian airline, it seemed to us that the food options were suitable for European tastes.

Both the outbound and return flights with Cathay Pacific were punctual, the cabin crew was very attentive, and everything went smoothly.

Check-in was done at the airport, and we traveled with only carry-on luggage, as is customary for most of our trips.

After all, we always want to save money whenever possible.

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Cathay Pacific plane at Heathrow Airport.

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