Two up-and-coming Indian cargo carriers – SpiceJet and IndiGo – have selected Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT) as their cargo handler in Hong Kong.
SpiceJet commenced daily passenger services between Delhi and Hong Kong from 22 November 2018 using B737-MAX aircraft. The carrier also started to operate daily freighter services between Kolkata and Hong Kong from 1 December 2018 with B737-700F aircraft under its newly established cargo subsidiary SpiceXpress (story here and commentary here).
SpiceJet offers the only direct low-cost connection between the Indian capital and Hong Kong. “The new services will grow cargo capacity between the two cities and will further promote the development of trade opportunities between India, Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region,” says AAT.
IndiGo meanwhile, launched a seven-times weekly A320 passenger flight between Bengaluru (formally known as Bangalore) and Hong Kong on 11 December 2018. Known as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’, Bengaluru, located in the southwest state of Karnataka, is the nation’s centre for information technology and one of the country’s fastest growing cities.
“The commencement of this air service further strengthens economic and trade ties, as well as provides a capacity boost for business and leisure visitors between India and Hong Kong,” the cargo terminal said.
Kuah Boon Kiam, general manager of AAT, says: “We warmly welcome IndiGo to Hong Kong and to AAT. Our companies have a lot in common with our mutual focus on reliability and value to the customer.
“Over the years, AAT has built up a strong reputation for handling airlines from India, and we will extend our fullest cooperation to IndiGo as they build up their cargo business in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region.”
IndiGo was founded in 2006 as a low-cost airline headquartered in Gurgaon, India. It has grown very quickly since then and is currently the largest Indian airline in terms of passenger numbers carried and fleet size.