Cathay Pacific and the Lufthansa Group to Codeshare

Cathay Pacific will expand its network to more continental European destinations through codeshare arrangements with Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines, offering seamless connections between Hong Kong and Europe.

The agreement will see Cathay Pacific offer 14 new destinations in Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria, with the “CX” code placed on flights operated by Lufthansa between Frankfurt and Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Dresden, Hannover, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Oslo and Stuttgart; Swiss International Air Lines between Zurich and Berlin, Brussels, Florence, Geneva, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Venice; and Austrian Airlines between Vienna and Frankfurt, Zurich and Düsseldorf.

The Lufthansa Group will codeshare on Cathay Pacific services to four of the airline’s most popular destinations in Southwest Pacific. It will place its airlines’ codes on services operated by Cathay Pacific between Hong Kong and Auckland, as well as between Hong Kong and Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney. Under a single booking, passengers from Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Zurich will be able to check through and seamlessly transfer to their final destination in Auckland or Australia via Hong Kong International Airport.

The co-operation agreement also extends to both airlines’ frequent flyer programmes. Members of Cathay Pacific’s travel and lifestyle rewards programme, Asia Miles, and Lufthansa Group’s loyalty programme, Miles and More, will be eligible to earn and redeem miles when travelling on the above codeshare routes. Members of Cathay Pacific’s loyalty programme, Marco Polo Club, can earn Club Points when travelling on codeshare flights marketed by Cathay Pacific and operated by Lufthansa Group.

“I am particularly pleased because it strengthens our global network of strategic partnerships and further improves our airlines’ offering on Asian routes in the interest of our passengers,” says Carsten Spohr, chairman of the executive board and CEO of the Lufthansa Group. “The codeshare and frequent flyer agreement between Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines and Cathay Pacific Airways brings advantages for the passengers of all the partners because the airlines’ route networks complement each other perfectly. The co-operation with Cathay Pacific is another key building block in our Asia strategy.”

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