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New terminal adds cargo capacity at Hong Kong Airport

The new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal has moved into full operation at Hong Kong International Airport, increasing the airport’s annual cargo capacity by 50 percent to 7.4 million tonnes.

Cathay Pacific Services Limited built the terminal to provide a broad spectrum of logistics services for the air cargo industry.

To ensure a smooth transition for its launch customer airlines – Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair and Air Hong Kong – a phased approach was adopted for the opening of this HK$5.9-billion (US$760.8 million) facility, beginning in February.

The final cutover for the three airlines’ cargo operations was completed in early October.

“The successful completion of the transition to full operations marks a key milestone for the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal,” Cathay Pacific Services Limited CEO Algernon Yau said. “This new air cargo facility is equipped with advanced technology and enhanced workflows, and the just-in-time operations will set a new service benchmark for air cargo terminal operations. We will continue to strive to enhance Hong Kong’s position as the leading airfreight hub in the region, offering a new customer experience for the airfreight industry.”

The Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal is capable of handling 2.6 million tonnes of throughput per year.

“A tremendous effort by our dedicated team has finally resulted in the new terminal moving into full operation,” James Woodrow, Cathay Pacific director cargo, said. “It took a lot of hard work and commitment to ensure a smooth transition over the past eight months. The new facility will not only enable the Cathay Pacific Group to offer tailor-made services to our own cargo customers, but it will also raise service standards within the industry to new heights.”