Cathay Pacific is launching twice-weekly cargo service to Hyderabad, India, on May 17. That same day, the Hong Kong-based carrier will also introduce a third weekly cargo route to Bengaluru, a service that will address the increased demand for freighters to and from India’s leading IT hub.
“The launch of the new Hyderabad service and the added frequency to Bengaluru will give shippers more choice and flexibility for connecting to the airline’s international cargo network through the Hong Kong hub,” according to a press release.
Every Thursday, Cathay Pacific will fly to Hyderabad via a Hong Kong-Delhi-Bengaluru-Hyderabad-Hong Kong routing; on Sundays, the carrier will operate a Hong Kong-Chennai-Hyderabad-Hong Kong schedule. The additional weekly service to Bengaluru will operate via Mumbai on Saturdays, supplementing Cathay’s current routings to the city every Monday and Thursday.
Cathay Pacific Cargo Director Nick Rhodes said the new freight routes will benefit Indian commence significantly, as well as augment the carrier’s services. “Hyderabad is one of the major hubs for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals in India, accounting for around one-third of the country’s prescription drug production, so we expect a strong demand for our specialized Pharma LIFT products and services,” he said in a statement.
“For Bengaluru, we have been seeing increasing demand since we launched our freighter service last August and we believe the time is right for an additional flight each week,” Rhodes added.
The commencement of these services will bring the total number of weekly freight flights Cathay Pacific operates to India to 19. Along with Bengaluru and Hyderabad, the carrier also flies to the key commercial cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, Rhodes said.