Silk Way West to launch Baku-Kansai freighter service

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Silk Way West Airlines (7L) will launch a weekly service between Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) on 29 December, making it the first scheduled service of Silk Way West Airlines in Japan.

The two-runway Kansai International Airport (KIX) handled 802,162 tonnes of cargo (757,414 tonnes international and 44,748 tonnes domestic) and 25.2 million passengers in 2016. The airport is the 3rd busiest passenger airport in Japan and the 18th largest air freight hub in the world.

The service, utilising either B747-400F or B747-8F equipment, will operate from Baku direct to KIX on Fridays with the return leg routed through Seoul’s Incheon International Airport before arriving in Baku the next (Saturday) morning.

A scheduled charter service by Silk Way West Airlines will also be started to Komatsu Airport (KMQ).

The airport pointed to the growing demand for air cargo that has kept KIX’s cargo volume steadily increasing, with more than 10 per cent growth in October compared to the same month of the previous year. In 2017, KIX said its cargo volumes are expected to exceed 800,000 tonnes for the first time in 13 years.

Being based in Azerbaijan where has been making a remarkable economic growth, Silk Way West Airlines operates flights to various countries in Central Asia, the Caspian Sea region, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and North America.

Kansai Airport said that with a number of Japanese companies in the semiconductor, automotive components and other industrial sectors operating in Silk Way West Airlines’s home region, the new services will help to meet the high transport demand between Japan and Central Asian countries.

“We will continue expanding the cargo carrier network for the convenience of shipping goods and will contribute to economic development of Kansai and destination areas,” the airport said in a statement.





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