Cathay Pacific Airways has announced the launch of a new service to Bengaluru (Bangalore) in India. The twice-weekly service commences on 1 August on a Hong Kong-Delhi-Bengaluru-Hong Kong routing.
The new service is to be operated using B747-400F aircraft making it one of the biggest freighter operators in India, with 20 flights a week to, from or through four major commercial cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and now Bengaluru. The carrier says it expects strong demand from China and other Northeast Asian countries for shipments of computers, computer components, high-value electronic goods, integrated circuits/ semi-conductors and garments. The key markets out of Bengaluru will be Japan and North America, with shipments of cars, auto parts, pharmaceuticals, garments and textiles.
Cathay Pacific director cargo Nick Rhodes said: “India is an increasingly important market for our cargo business and we are pleased to be able to extend our coverage in the country through the launch of a freighter service to Bengaluru. This new service will enhance Cathay’s presence in India.”
In addition to the new destination, Cathay Pacific also recently boosted cargo ties between India and Europe by launching a twice-weekly direct freighter service from Chennai to Frankfurt. The freighters continue onwards to either Manchester or Brussels, providing access to three European destinations from South India.