Cathay Pacific will start a new three times a week non-stop route from Hong Kong to Cape Town on 13 November.
The service will be operated using an Airbus A350-900 aircraft until 18 February 2018 and complement the carrier’s existing daily flights to Johannesburg.
Cathay Pacific chief executive officer, Rupert Hogg said: “We are very pleased to be able to expand our services in Africa, a booming aviation market.
“Growing our reach to destinations that are not otherwise served from Hong Kong creates considerable new opportunities for business, trade and tourism, in addition to strengthening our home hub.”
He added the new route will meet customer demand for travel to the Western Cape throughout the southern hemisphere’s peak summer months, as well as provide an additional option for South African-based travellers looking to fly on Cathay Pacific to Asia and beyond via Hong Kong.
The Cathay Pacific Group has expanded its network significantly in recent times. In 2017, services to Tel Aviv, Barcelona and Christchurch were launched, while this January saw the inaugural service to Nanning.
Other regional and international routes to commence in 2018 include Jinan and Brussels (March), Copenhagen (May), Dublin (June) and Washington DC (September).