Cathay Pacific planning more freight services to India

Hong Kong: Buoyed by solid growth in cargo traffic, Cathay Pacific Airways plans to increase frequency of its freighter services from here to Indian cities. The city-headquartered airline has freight services to six Indian cities and there are 25 freighter departures every week from India. A sign of significant market potential in the freighter segment, the carrier has seen an eight percent jump in cargo volumes in first nine months (January-September) of this year. "At this moment, we plan to optimise our network base in India and want to increase our frequency here," Cathay Pacific's General Manager (cargo sales and marketing) Mark Sutch told PTI here. The carrier provides freighter services from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The twice-a-week service between Kolkata and Hong Kong was launched in March last year. On whether the airline would be adding more destinations in India for its freighter services, Sutch said there are no plans as of now. The airline, which also has passenger flights to India, expects to have cargo volume growth next year similar to that witnessed during January-September 2016. Earlier, cargo volume growth has been around 4-5 per cent. Pharmaceutical is the main focus when it comes to cargo in the Indian market, he noted. Courtesy: The Economic Times

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