Cathay Pacific Cargo is launching a new scheduled freighter service between Hong Kong and Riyadh starting 5 January 2021.
The airline has seen a growing demand for air cargo flights between Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong, a leading cargo and logistics hub in Asia. These new flights will meet the strong demand for shipments of e-commerce and other general cargo such as garments.
The inaugural flight on 5 January will see Cathay Pacific Cargo operate the service using its Boeing B747-400 ERF aircraft.Flights will operate once per week every Tuesday with a stopover in Dubai on the return flight to Hong Kong.
On 16 December 2020, the airline launched a seasonal cargo service between Hong Kong and Hobart in Australia, providing an important airfreight lane for the export of fresh produce from Hobart to various parts of Asia via Hong Kong. Meanwhile in September last year, the airline launched a temporary service to Pittsburgh in the US to serve the seasonal upsurge in demand.
In addition to operating a full freighter flight schedule, Cathay Pacific has also been operating thousands of pairs of cargo-only passenger flights, some with cargo loaded in the passenger cabins, and chartered hundreds of pairs of flights from its all-cargo subsidiary Air Hong Kong to provide additional air freight capacity.