Cathay Pacific enters Latin America market for first time

Cathay Pacific enters Latin America market for first time

Cathay Pacific Airways has announced it will launch its first ever destination in Latin America with a new scheduled freighter service to Guadalajara, Mexico in last quarter of 2013, subject to government approval.

With this new service, Cathay Pacific will be the first and only airline operating a freighter service linking Hong Kong and Mexico. 

The new freighter destination will provide shippers with greater choice and more flexibility when connecting to Cathay Pacific’s international cargo network through its Hong Kong hub.

To cater for the anticipated high volumes of auto parts, electronics, garments and perishables coming out of Mexico’s second largest city, Cathay Pacific will operate the new freighter service to Guadalajara twice-weekly using its newest and biggest freighter, the Boeing 747-8F offering more cargo space to meet the growing demand for a wide range of commodities from Latin America and the United States to various points in Asia.

Cathay Pacific chief operating officer Ivan Chu said: “This is the first such freighter service between Hong Kong and Mexico and is a very important step in bringing two such vibrant economies closer together. 

“With growing demand for direct cargo services between Asia and Mexico, our new freighter service will help to establish a very important trade lane between the two regions. 

“At the same time it will help to further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s busiest international airfreight gateways.”