Cathay Pacific gives Kolkata 2nd freighter service
Cathay Pacific Airways is introducing freighter service in Kolkata, boosting the city’s trade opportunities. From March 11, the freighter will carry goods into Kolkata late on Wednesday and Saturday and lift cargo on Thursday and Sunday. It will operate a Boeing 747-400 aircraft with a capacity of 100 tonne, but Kolkata’s share is likely to be 25 tonne because it will go to Delhi first.
Cargo James Woodrow, Director, Cathay Pacific 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.”
The cargo situation at Kolkata airport is not very bright with the state-of-the-art facility remaining 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 — the import quantum is poor.