Hyderabadis living in New Zealand can now fly Cathay Pacific, from Auckland to Hyderabad. The airline Â has announced it will start flying four times a week to the capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh from 1 December. The flights will be via Hong Kong.
There is a sizeable proportion of Hyderabadis living in New Zealand, and a large number of IT professionals from Andra Pradesh visit Auckland.
New Zealand cricketer Tarun Nathula was born and raised in India, and is now making his test debut as part of the Black Caps squad currently playing against India in Hyderabad.
With a population of 6.8 million, Hyderbad is India’s fourth most populated city and is home to major IT and pharmaceutical companies.
Hyderabad is Indiaâ€™s fourth most populous city and an important hub for the technologyÂ and pharmaceutical industries.
The new service complements the airlineâ€™sÂ existing passenger services to Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai and will furtherÂ boost both leisure and business travel between Hong Kong and India.
The new Hyderabad service will be operated by Airbus A330-300 aircraft, departing from Hong Kong every Wednesday,Â Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, says a statement issued by the airline.
“The schedule will allow convenientÂ connections from Auckland with passengers able to depart Auckland at 2.35pm,Â arriving Hong Kong at 9pm and then connecting to the flight to Hyderabad at
10.35pm, arriving at 2.05am the following day.”
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar says that the airline has beenÂ serving India since 1982. “Hyderabad is a fast-growingÂ technology hub and we are excited by the opportunities it offers. This
latest addition to the Cathay Pacific passenger network will promote tiesÂ between India and Hong Kong and help to strengthen Hong Kongâ€™s position as aÂ leading aviation hub.â€
Cathay Pacific has special airfares available from Auckland to all itsÂ Indian destinations including Hyderabad, starting from NZ$1675.00 plusÂ Government taxes of NZ$96.00. The special fares must be bought by 2Â October 2012.