First direct flights from Dublin to Hong Kong next year
Ireland is to get its first ever direct Asia-Pacific air route, with the announcement of flights to Hong Kong from Dublin Airport.
Cathay Pacific will operate a four-times weekly service from June 2, 2018.
The Dublin flight will be serviced by an Airbus A350-900 aircraft in a three-class configuration, operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Return fares are currently priced from €642 on cathaypacific.com.
"We are thrilled to welcome Cathay Pacific to Dublin Airport and to Ireland," said Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison.
The route is a major milestone, with trade between Ireland and China now worth more than €8bn a year and some 100 Irish firms with operations there.
Dublin Chamber of Commerce CEO Mary Rose Burke said the route "opens up a whole new world of opportunities for Irish businesses" and offers a gateway into "the increasingly lucrative Chinese market".
An estimated 4,000 Irish people live in Hong Kong, according to the Irish Embassy in China.
The route is also expected to boost inbound tourism from China - one of the world's fastest-growing markets.