Cathay boosts Indian freighter capacity
Cathay Pacific Cargo has announced that it is to expand its presence in India with a new twice-weekly freighter service to Hyderabad from 17 May.
April 25, 2012
Cathay Pacific Cargo has announced that it is to expand its presence in India with a new twice-weekly freighter service to Hyderabad from 17 May, making it the first airline to offer an air cargo service linking India’s fourth most populous city with East and North Asia. Lufthansa Cargo already operates four freighters a week and Thai Airways launched a Bangkok-Hyderabad-Frankfurt freighter service in mid-April.
In addition, the carrier will commence a third weekly freighter flight to Bengaluru in order to meet high demand for capacity to and from India’s leading information technology hub. The schedule enhancements will see Cathay Pacific Cargo operating 19 freighter flights a week to five major commercial cities in India: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
“India is an increasingly important market for our cargo business,” said Cathay Pacific director for cargo Nick Rhodes. “Hyderabad is one of the major hubs for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals in India, accounting for around one-third of the country’s prescription drug production, so we expect a strong demand for our specialised Pharma LIFT products and services.
“For Bengaluru, we have been seeing increasing demand since we launched our freighter service last August and we believe the time is right for an additional flight each week. The launch of these new flights will reinforce Cathay Pacific’s position as one of the biggest air freight operators in India,” Rhodes added.