Cathay Pacific (CX)

Since 2007, Nepali passport no longer need a transit visa to fly on Cathay Pacific (CX) via Hong Kong as long as they are connecting via Cathay or Dragon. Cathay uses its sister concern Dragon to reach Kathmandu, and has started daily flights to Kathmandu.

Cathay’s prices from the west coast have always been attractive, but due to prior transit visa regulations, it was a hassle to fly using this airline. Unlike the previous year’s, Cathay’s prices have increased from most cities around the US, and a lesser number of Nepal bound passengers used this airline in 2011.

Skytrax Magazine gives the airline a five-star rating, which makes it among the best airlines overall.

Cathay has among the best in-flight services in the world, has one of the youngest fleets of aircraft in the world, and one of the best safety records. The in-flight service includes complimentary beverages, movies and amenity kits. Cathay is a member of Asia Miles and people can register at Asia to get frequent flyer miles that can be transferred into one of over 30 partner programs.

Prices from the western states are excellent all year round and they are very competitive for the middle and eastern states during peak seasons. Cathay has interlined agreements with many US carriers and you can take a Cathay flight from almost any city in the US.

The best prices for Cathay are between Jan-May and Sep-Nov. In December the fares are at their highest, while being in the middle from June to August.

Connections from New York are excellent. However, the transit from SFO & LAX is nine to thirteen hours on the outbound. On the return, the transit times are more manageable.

Cathay's flights originate from LAX, SFO, and NYC.

For economy class passengers Cathay does not provide free meals or hotels during transit in Hong Kong. You can make arrangements directly with the airport lounge on arrival. For passengers with long layovers, you can take advantage of the Plaza Airport Lounge which is open to all. For a nominal fee, you can refresh & relax in comfort before boarding your departing flight or during transit. Enjoy unlimited facilities inclusive of hot showers, all day food & beverage buffet, internet and Email, CNN area, magazines and newspaper, and massage chairs and seated massage. The Plaza Pay-in Lounge has three facilities located at the Departures West Hall, level 6 & 7 and the Departures East Hall, level 6.

You can have a free stopover in Hong Kong, but please note, Nepali passport holders will need a tourist visa to get outside prior to arrival.

We have received a number of random complaints because some airline partners still think that a transit visa is required and may deny boarding. In that case, have the airline staff contact Cathay immediately or you can ask that they check you up to the transit city (SFO/LAX/NYC), and Cathay will arrange for your onward journey.

Note, passengers with American and Canadian passports still do not need transit or tourist visas to fly via Hong Kong.

Cathay flights from Kathmandu:

For family members who are on a visitor’s visa to the US, we strongly advise you to consider this airline because the prices are very competitive, and they allow date changes (assuming the same class tickets are available). Besides, the tickets issued by the airline are valid for a period of one year and this gives you the flexibility in case your family decides to stay a bit longer. The customer service staff is excellent and ticket changes can be made quite easily through the call center.

Luggage:2 * 50 lbs
Skytrax Rating 5 Star (out of 5)
Weekly schedule HKG-KTM-HKG: Daily flights
Cathay Gateway Cities LAX, SFO, NYC
Long Transit times in HKG: Flights from SFO & LAX have long
USA Reservation Number: 1(800) 233-2742
Frequent Flyer Miles: Asia Miles (Go to
Kathmandu Phone Number & Address: Cathay Pacific / Dragonair | Amravati International Pvt. Ltd.
Osho Bhawan Ghantaghar, Kamaladi
977 (1) 4248944
977 (1) 4225286
Cathay US Interline Partners AA, AS, CO, DL, F9, NW, UA, US
Websites: Cathay Pacific Airlines:
Hong Kong Airport Site:
Airport Lounge Site:

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