EUROPE & CIS: Cargoitalia commences Shanghai flights

Cargoitalia has commenced direct scheduled services twice weekly to Shanghai Pudong Airport from its Milan (Malpensa) hub, using its recentlydelivered third MD11 freighter with the carrier now operating to Shanghai twice a week. The inaugural rotation achieved an average 76 per cent load factor, with almost double the cargo booked on the return flight from […]


Cargoitalia has commenced direct scheduled services twice weekly to Shanghai Pudong Airport from its Milan (Malpensa) hub, using its recentlydelivered third MD11 freighter with the carrier now operating to Shanghai twice a week. The inaugural rotation achieved an average 76 per cent load factor, with almost double the cargo booked on the return flight from China compared to the outbound service, according to Cargoitalia.

Cargoitalia will increase frequency to Shanghai to three-times-weekly from October, bringing the weekly total of its outbound flights to 13. The airline’s network now includes New York, Chicago, Dubai, Sharjah, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

In Shanghai, Cargoitalia is represented by general sales agent New Asia Capital Resources, with which it also works in Hong Kong. Its handling agent is Shanghai Pudong International Airport Public Cargo Terminal Co. Ltd ¨C West (PACTL West), while China Eastern Airlines is providing ramp handling.

Says Cargoitalia’s Commercial director Roberto Gilardoni: "This is a very promising start for our Shanghai service. Italy now has direct scheduled freighter capacity on this important route, and west-bound traffic is as strong as we anticipated.

"We also expect some imbalance in traffic flows initially, but as Italian industry continues to recover and the market becomes more familiar with our new service, this should even out demand east-bound.