Ireland's first direct flight to Hong Kong will spur economic activity and help companies to diversify into new markets, Dublin Chamber has said.
Dublin Airport is "continuing to add significant new airline customers and new routes, providing passengers with increased choice and convenience".
Cathay Pacific yesterday announced that it would operate a new Dublin to Hong Kong service four times a week from June next year.
"We're excited to offer the only direct flights between Hong Kong and Dublin, said Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg. We listened to our customers' demands for more options and greater flexibility and have responded by building direct air links with these great cities".
Winning the landmark new route was a collaborative effort over several years that included a wide range of other bodies, according to Mr Harrison.
Trade between Ireland and China is worth more than €8 billion per annum and nearly 100 Irish firms have operations in China, employing a total of 100,000 people there, according to Dublin Airport.
The non-stop flights to Dublin, Brussels and Copenhagen, the first of which will begin from March next year, are a bid to attract new trade and tourism to Hong Kong.
All three new European flights will be served by the airline's newest aircraft, the Airbus A350, and each flight will leave Hong Kong after midnight and arrive into Hong Kong around 7am.
"We would like to thank the Irish Embassy in China, the Consulate in Hong Kong, our colleagues at Tourism Ireland and other key stakeholders such as IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia".
"The new Cathay Pacific service will help further to open up important tourism and business opportunities for Ireland in Hong Kong and China, in Australia and New Zealand and across the Asia Pacific region". Starting June 2, 2018, the route will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Cathay Pacific, which is part of the oneworld alliance, has flights to 197 destinations in 48 countries and territories.
Singapore, which rivals Hong Kong as an worldwide airport destination, scored a major coup as Australia's national airline Qantas said on Thursday it would resume stopover flights in Singapore instead of Dubai between Australia and Europe. In winter, the flight will depart Dublin at 11.00, arriving in Hong Kong at 07.30. The return flight will depart Hong Kong at 00.15 and arrive in Dublin at 05.30.
Singapore was considering much more popular with travellers, with the original decision to switch meaning Hong Kong gained from the move, until today.