HONG KONG's Cathay Pacific is the first carrier and terminal operator to offer cargo accepted in Dongguan then moved by ship to Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) by ship for dispatch as outbound air freight, reports Mumbai's Stat Trade Times.
The HKIA Logistics Park in Dongguan, developed by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), enables shipments to be security screened, built up and accepted as cargo for flights before being loaded on ships that unload in a secured area at HKIA from where pallets and ULDs can be towed straight to a waiting aircraft, Cathay said.
Said Cathay Pacific Services (CPSL) operations chief Mark Watts: "By extending our air cargo handling services to Dongguan, we are able to offer more choice as part of our vision to become the world's most customer-centric air cargo terminal operator."
Said Cathay cargo chief Tom Owen: "We would like to extend our thanks to Bollore, Cargo Link, DHL Global Forwarding, Dimerco and Yusen Logistics, who helped to realise the viability and benefits of this programme with trials using real shipments."
The scheme will offer cost savings, improved efficiency and reliability as well as improved cut-off times for shipments, the Cathay release said.
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