Hong Kong Air Cargo looks to expand its route network

09 December 2020 – As Covid-19 continues to ravage the global aviation sector it’s not all doom and gloom. Whilst air travel recovery stalls, the demand for cargo strengthens. However, the lack of passenger fleet belly capacity has created serious cargo shortages and as the peak season rapidly approaches the biggest problem is lack of capacity.

The increased demand for cargo capacity especially in Southeast Asia and with the desire to keep cargo on the move, Hong Kong Air Cargo (HKC) has positioned itself as a forerunner for a plethora of additional routes.

Export orders are a good indicator of the strength of demand for cargo services and manufactures are dealing with exceptionally high volumes requiring additional capacity in and out of Hong Kong.

HKC currently operates five Airbus A330’s aircraft to 12 scheduled destinations and increasingly also operates several weekly charter services. The load factor on all flights averages between 70 – 80% and is forecast to continue to grow especially with the probability and possibility of a vaccine and the challenge of distribution.

HKC would like to continue to play a significant role keeping Hong Kong cargo on the move. The airline has submitted applications for permission to add 9 destinations to its scheduled timetable and is hopeful that the licences will be granted.

Mr Willian Chan Director Government and Public Affairs, Hong Kong Air Cargo said, “We have seen a sharp rise in demand for cargo capacity in and out of Hong Kong. It is encouraging to see the support for Hong Kong and efforts being rewarded. We have a world-class international airport and cargo facility, we are all ready to do our bit to keep Hong Kong cargo on the move”.


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