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Cathay Cargo Resumes Ho Chi Minh City Freight Service

Our Bureau - : Apr 6, 2024 - : 1:08 am

Cathay Cargo resumed its Ho Chi Minh City freighter service on April 4, 2024, after a four-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Operating weekly as flight CX3148, it departs from Ho Chi Minh City every Thursday, transiting from Hong Kong to Hanoi before returning. This complements the company’s existing six weekly freighter flights between Hanoi and Hong Kong.

“We are very excited to welcome our freighter back to Ho Chi Minh City again. With factory activities resuming and air cargo demand picking up, it is timely for us to resume our freighter service from the economic heart of Vietnam,” said Ashish Kapur, Regional Head of Cargo, Southeast Asia. “Together with our existing twice-daily passenger flights serving the city, the addition of our freighter service will give local businesses more choices, especially in terms of our specialised solutions that can be tailored to suit their needs.”

“Whether it is the latest fashion wear from the factories, fresh dragon fruit from the farms or live seafood from the ocean, we are committed to partnering with them on their journey to bring the best of Vietnam to Hong Kong and the rest of the world.”

“Our dedicated team in Ho Chi Minh City has been eagerly awaiting the resumption of our freighter service. We have been working hard to ensure we are operationally ready on the ground and able to respond quickly to our customers’ needs, whatever they may be,” said Nicolas Masse, Country Manager for Vietnam and Cambodia.

“Our team of experts are certainly looking forward to working with our cargo handling agents to deliver the best service to our customers.”

Cathay Pacific has provided passenger services between Vietnam and Hong Kong since 1949. The inaugural flight transported essential cargo like diplomatic mail, seafood, and vegetables. Recognizing Vietnam’s market significance, Cathay Cargo initiated full freighter services from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in March 2008.

In 2023, Cathay Cargo transported nearly 2,000 tonnes of cargo from Vietnam monthly, with around 600 tonnes carried on Cathay Pacific’s twice-daily passenger flights from Ho Chi Minh City. This included garments, footwear, fruits, and live and frozen seafood destined for key destinations such as Hong Kong, mainland China, North East Asia, Australia, and North America.

The resumption of the freighter service will not only provide increased cargo capacity but also grant shippers in Ho Chi Minh City access to Cathay Cargo’s main-deck solutions, including Cathay Expert for odd-sized shipments and Cargo-Aircraft-Only designated freight, such as certain dangerous goods.


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