Cathay Pacific Services today began the first stage of operations at the new Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport.
The first consignment of air freight, carried by flight CX138 of Cathay Pacific from Sydney, arrived at the new HK$5.9 billion (about US$7.8 billion) terminal today and was handled by the materials handling system and warehouse operating system.
The subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways, which was established to design, build and operate the new terminal, is adopting a three-stage approach to the commencement of operations to ensure a smooth transition for its launch airline customers from their current cargo operations at the airport.
In the first stage, the facility is handling valuable cargo, transit civil mail and interface transfer shipments. The second stage of operations will commence in the summer for the handling of all transshipments, import cargo and empty unit load device release. Full operations will launch in the latter half of 2013, with the intention of opening up its facilities and services to other airlines before the end of the year.