Dragonair cargo spurs more flights

Dragonair cargo spurs more flights

Dragonair of Hong Kong said the number of flights rose 16.7 percent to 7,849 in the first quarter, helped by a stronger cargo market.

Airfreight volumes rose 24.2 percent to 70,014 metric tons, up from 56,355 tons a year earlier.

March saw double digit month-on-month growth in both the number of passengers and cargo tonnage, the airline said.

Dragonair carried 27,485 tons of freight in March, an 18.7 percent increase compared with a year earlier, and up 17 percent over February.

The carrier is launching flights to Tokyo on April 2, a total of seven weekly return services using Airbus A330s that can carry 15 tons of freight.