[photopress:AirChinatravel.jpg,full,alignright]On the face of it this does not sound exciting news. Perhaps not. But it is interesting. Cathay Pacific Airways has announced it has worked with Air China to reduce the ‘Minimum Connecting Time’ (MCT) between the two carriers at Hong Kong International Airport. This means that you can make a connection if the two flights are within 60 minutes of each other. Previously, the MCT for Air China passengers connecting through Hong Kong ranged from 70 to 90 minutes.
Can it get lower?
Not much. Probably the fastest MCT offered at any airport at the moment is 45 minutes at Frankfurt. The MCT for Changi Airport in Singapore is 60 minutes. For Narita Airport in Japan, which has two passenger terminals, the MCT is 60 minutes for Terminal 1 and 110 minutes for Terminal 2. There is one airport, which shall not be named and shamed, where the MCT is 24 hours.
So 60 minutes is not too shabby. This tightening of the time will make many more connections available. Passengers are now able to book an additional 134 connecting flights each week through the Hong Kong hub.
Source: China View