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Thu 1 Feb 2007 12:00 AM

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Cathay Pacific grows in Europe

Cathay Pacific Airways is planning to increase its European cargo flights to Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Manchester.

Cathay Pacific Airways is planning to increase its European cargo flights to Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Manchester. The airline now operates 36 weekly freighter flights to Europe, an increase of almost 50%.

The additional flights, which are still subject to government approval, are expected to further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s leading airfreight hubs.

“Cathay Pacific has a good reputation in Europe and we believe the enhanced services will help us to better meet demand out of Hong Kong and the mainland, at the same time giving a further boost to the Hong Kong hub,” said Ron Mathison, general manager of cargo, Cathay Pacific.

The airline has committed itself to building Hong Kong as an airfreight hub by adding new destinations, increasing frequencies and strengthening its freighter fleet. Two more “Boeing Converted Freighters” will be delivered in 2007 and six long-range Boeing 747-400ER Freighters are on firm order, with deliveries starting in May 2008.

“Europe is an important cargo market for Hong Kong and we are very pleased to be able to further strengthen our presence in the continent through these additional flights,” added Mathison.

A total of five flights a week are being added to Frankfurt, operating every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The extra flights will be routed through Dubai.

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