Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon welcomed the budget strategy outlined by Hong Kong SAR Government Financial Secretary Paul Chan today, and in particular the range of initiatives that will help to promote aviation, tourism and trade opportunities in Hong Kong.
A Cathay Pacific spokesperson said: “We are heartened by the Government’s commitment to improving connectivity and facilitating the travel experience for passengers between Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and the Pearl River Delta region (PRD) upon the commissioning of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.
“As the home carriers of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will continue to work closely with our relevant stakeholders in order to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s leading international aviation hub, which connects people from different parts of the world.”
The airlines are also encouraged by the Government’s recognition of the importance of air cargo services and welcome the announcement that it will actively examine facilitation measures to support the growth in transhipment, cross-boundary e-commerce and high value-added air cargo business, with a view to enhancing HKIA’s competitive edge as an international air cargo hub.
Tourism is an important contributor to Hong Kong’s economy. Both Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon applaud the proposed initiatives to enhance Hong Kong’s appeal as a travel destination, and will continue to support the Government and the Hong Kong Tourism Board to help actively promote the city’s many attractions and mega events in overseas markets.