STARTS DI­RECT FLIGHT

Come De­cem­ber 1, 2012 and Cathay Pa­cific will in­tro­duce four ser­vices per week be­tween Hong Kong and Hy­der­abad with A330-300. With 4 flights per week, this new ser­vice will add about 80 tonne ca­pac­ity per week from Hy­der­abad. Presently, Cathay op­er­ates B7

Cargo Talk - - Front Page -

Speak­ing to Car­gotalk, Ashish Ka­pur, re­gional cargo man­ager South Asia, Mid­dle East and Africa, Cathay Pa­cific Air­ways, said that Hy­der­abad has been a great mar­ket for Cathay Pa­cific Cargo since the air­line launched freightersers in April this year. „ We have been re­ally sur­prised with the num­ber of cities in our net­work sud­denly started sell­ing Hy­der­abad af­ter the com­mence­ment of ser­vices from this city,‰ he un­der­lined. The pas­sen­ger flight will be op­er­ated by wide- bod­ied air­craft A-330, which will have an ad­di­tional pay­load of 20 tonne four times a week. „ This will strengthen our po­si­tion in the Hy­der­abad mar­ket. Our pas­sen­ger flight and the freighter to­gether will pro­vide us with enough ca­pac­ity giv­ing the ship­pers and for­warders a gate­way throughout the week,‰ he added.

Com­ment­ing on the im­pact of Cathay's new ser­vices, Vikram Jaisinghani, CEO, GMR Hy­der­abad In­ter­na­tional Air­port (GHIAL), said that the Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (RGIA) has emerged as an ideal des­ti­na­tion for both air­lines and pas­sen­gers/ship­pers and is well equipped to han­dle the ad­di­tional traf­fic. The air­port has world- class in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing ad­e­quate park­ing bays, hy­drant- based fuel farm and ex­cel­lent ground han­dling fa­cil­i­ties for air­craft. „Com­mence­ment of op­er­a­tions by a world class air­line like Cathay Pa­cific stands tes­ti­mony to the su­perb fa­cil­i­ties and im­mense po­ten­tial wait­ing to be tapped at RGIA. This new Cathay flight will play an im­por­tant role in pro­mot­ing tourism and trade & com­merce, as Hy­der­abad has al­ways been a favourite des­ti­na­tion for in­ter­na­tional tourists as well as busi­ness community,‰ he main­tained.

Ashish Ka­pur

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