Cathay Pa­cific gives Kolkata 2nd freighter ser­vice

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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.

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