Freight Hong Kong Air Cargo adds nine new routes to its network

Hong Kong Air Cargo has announced, that it has gained approval to open nine new freight routes.

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Asian freight airline Hong Kong Air Cargo has released, that the Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) issued an approval for the carrier to operate flights to nine new routes throughout the world. In December of last year, the airline initially submitted applications for these new routes.

From now on, Hong Kong Air cargo is eligible to operate scheduled cargo flights from its main operational base at Hong Kong to Chennai, Tokyo, Manila, Jakarta, Delhi, Sydney, Melbourne, Liege and Milan.

Previously, the carrier was flying to some of these destinations over the course of charter operations, which established a solid foundation for scheduled operations. The approval from the ATLA allows Hong Kong Air Cargo to service even more customers around the world.

Mr William Chan, Director of Government and Public Affairs said: “This marks a significant milestone in Hong Kong Air Cargo’s journey. Over the years, we have strived to do our best and serve the community of Hong Kong. The pandemic has been a challenging time globally, and the demand for the transportation of cargo has continued to increase. We are grateful for the approval for these new routes and the opportunity to grow with Hong Kong”.

As stated by Chan, the demand for air freight has risen over the course of the pandemic. Therefore, many airlines converted their passenger aircraft temporarily in order to cushion the heavy financial damage that was caused by travel restrictions for passengers.

Regarding the implementation of the new routes into the network, the airline added: “With the granting of the ATLA licences, the airline will soon commence applying for the other necessary approvals for the new services. The new routes will be gradually introduced utilising the existing fleet, and HKAC will continuously review its resources input if market demand continues to dictate.”

Currently, Hong Kong Air Cargo is operating with a fleet of five Airbus A330-200 Freighters. It is one of the few operators that fly with the aircraft type. Recently, the airline welcomed new pilot recruits to the team, underlining the ambition to grow, even in these circumstances.

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