Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong International Airport Celebrated for Cargo Efficiency

Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong International Airport Celebrated for Cargo Efficiency

With Cathay Pacific increasing its cargo dedication throughout the pandemic, the award-winning airline’s hub, Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), has been applauded for its cargo efficiency. HKG was recently named the world’s busiest cargo airport as well as carrying the most tonnage for 2021, knocking off last year’s top-ranking Memphis International Airport, which is now positioned second, according to the Airports Council International (ACI).

Furthermore, ACI highlighted HKG’s handling of more than five million tons of cargo last year, a substantial increase of 12.5 percent since 2020. Moreover, it also topped the “international freight” with 4.9 million tons, a 12.8 percent, a large increase since 2020. Dubai especially saw several different products being transported via Cathy Pacific’s cargo freights in 2021, which included perfumes, laptops, jewelry, and accessories.

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“It’s a testament to Hong Kong International Airport’s solid work over the past few years in its bid to bridge gaps from the Far East to the rest of the world for cargo carrying. Our hub has always been an outstanding international airport with its ease of connections, world-class lounges, and diverse range of retailers, so to now have the cargo element recognized is extremely promising,” said Mr Vishnu Rajendran, Cathy Pacific’s Middle East Area Manager.

Cathay Pacific’s cargo service is responsible for 25 percent of the airline’s annual revenue, linking Hong Kong to 46 destinations globally through a wide variety of partners, helping to provide an effective and efficient service.

“The dedicated Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal has gone from strength to strength in the past few years with innovation and passion at the forefront of the dynamic team. Focusing on enhanced efficiency, reliability, and visibility, all improve the customer experience and adds value to the backbone of end-to-end services,” Mr Rajendran added.

Designed for an annual air cargo capacity of 2.6m tons, the terminal is a public facility open to all airline customers. For customers looking to send cargo via Cathay Pacific, it has various options to fit their individual needs, as the airline has launched its Priority solution, offering three service tiers: First (PR1), Essential Plus (PR2), and Essential (PR3). For general cargo shipments, customers can decide which tier best suits their needs. Moreover, PR1 and PR2 tiers have been extended and are now applicable to all types of shipments requiring special handling, including but not limited to Pharma LIFT, Fresh LIFT, and DG LIFT for dangerous goods.

Cathy Pacific Cargo has pioneered two new milestones in the Cargo iQ Master Operating Plan (MOP) – FOW (freight out of warehouse control) and FIW (freight into warehouse control) – to bring more transparency to the overall shipment journey for the MOP. Furthermore, it will improve the measurements of ground-handling performance in handover between the ramp operating handlers and cargo terminals, for imports and exports at an air waybill (AWB) level. These milestones are now operational at the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal in Hong Kong.

Currently, there are quarantines and restrictions in place for travelers to Hong Kong, but the situation remains dynamic, and customers are encouraged to keep updated on the official Hong Kong Government website.

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