Cathay adds Kolkata to India maindeck network

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced the addition of a new service to Kolkata, India using B747-400F aircraft to carry an estimated 30 tonnes of cargo to and from Kolkata.


Cathay adds Kolkata to India maindeck network


Cathay Pacific Airways has announced the addition of a new service to Kolkata, India using B747-400F aircraft to carry an estimated 30 tonnes of cargo to and from Kolkata. The scheduled service, which commenced service from 11 March, operates twice a week flying the Hong Kong-NewDelhi-Kolkata-HongKong route.

As yet, Cathay Pacific is the only carrier that provides a direct freighter service between Kolkata and Hong Kong. Kolkata is Cathay Pacific’s sixth freighter destination in India along with Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad with the carrier currently operating 25 freighter departures a week from India.

Cathay said the service will strengthen the airline’s air freight presence within the subcontinent and also offer customers a more flexible option to move goods between South Asia and Northeast Asia, as well as other parts of the world.

James Woodrow, Cathay Pacific’s director of Cargo, said: “India is a very important market for us. The new Kolkata service will boost the flow of garments and food products to and from India, taking advantage of our world-class facilities in Hong Kong to connect to our comprehensive global cargo network.”

Cargo volumes at Kolkata airport have not grown according to expectation, leaving the new state-of-the-art facility largely unutilised. While there are some exports — primarily leather goods to Europe and the US and perishables like fresh vegetables, frozen fish and live crabs to Singapore, Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai — imports are virtually non-existent.