Cathay Pacific Increases Freighter Flights To India

Mumbai, October 17: | Updated: Oct 18 2002, 05:30am hrs
Identifying cargo operation as the avenue for growth, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has increased the number of freighter flights in and out of India.

The airline has introduced two new freighter flights which will operate on Hong Kong-Mumbai-Dubai-Paris route.

Cathay Pacific Airways offers a freighter network of 22 destinations with three flights to Mumbai and New Delhi. It also operates scheduled long-haul freighter services to other worldwide distinations like Paris, Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

Said Cathay Pacific country manager (India, Nepal and Bangladesh) Thomas W Owen, The two new cargo flights will operate every Wednesday and Sunday in addition to our Friday freighter bringing the total number to three per week. We believe that there is a huge potential for cargo business in India and the market is growing rapidly.

Cathay is also applying to fly to China. We are putting in applications for Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen which is more excellent news for all our Indian passengers with which we hope future smooth connections on a Cathay aircraft via Hong Kong, he added.

Cathay Pacifics cargo business currently accounts for around 26 per cent of its total revenue and helps enhance Hong Kongs position as the worlds busiest air cargo centre. All of Cathay Pacifics cargo operations are grouped under its unit Cathay Pacific Cargo, which carries more than 60,000 tonnes of cargo per month, with more than half being uplifted passenger flights.

Cargo operations contribute around one third of the total business of Cathay Pacific in India. For the Delhi route, Cathay Pacific operates three freighters per week with a capacity of 110 tonne of cargo each. In addition, the airline also uplifts cargo on the passenger aircraft, which operate four times a week from Delhi to Hong Kong. On this route, the Cathay operate A330-300 series aircraft with a cargo capacity of 15 tonne.