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
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.