Cathay Pacific Airways will launch a new twice-weekly freighter service to Hyderabad, India’s fourth most populous city and a centre for pharma production on May 17.
The Hong Kong-based carrier will also add a third weekly freighter flight to information technology hub Bengaluru that same day.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
Cathay Pacific Director Cargo Nick Rhodes said India was an increasingly important market for Cathay. “Hyderabad is one of the major hubs for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals in India, accounting for around one-third of the country’s drug production, so we expect a strong demand for our specialized Pharma LIFT products and services,” he added.
“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.”
The Hyderabad service will operate on a Hong Kong-Delhi-Bengaluru-Hyderabad-Hong Kong routing every Thursday and a Hong Kong-Chennai-Hyderabad-Hong Kong routing on Sundays.
The third weekly flight to Bengaluru will operate via Mumbai on Saturdays, in addition to the current flights every Monday and Thursday.
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