Cathay to increase passenger capacity by 4% from November

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Cathay Pacific Airways plans to increase its passenger capacity by about 4% from later this year, returning to 2008 levels before the financial crisis.

It will add flights to its Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Cairns, Auckland, Toronto, Osaka and Paris routes from November.

"The increased frequencies will offer passengers greater choice and further strengthen connections through Hong Kong. Together with our new Milan and Moscow services, launched respectively in March and July this year, these service enhancements will certainly boost Hong Kong's position as one of the world's leading aviation hubs," says Cathay's CEO Tony Tyler.

The airline's Hong Kong-Osaka route will see the greatest number of flights added, growing to four flights daily from three currently.

On the Hong Kong-Sydney route, the number of flights will increase to 28 times weekly from 24 weekly currently, says Cathay.