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Thai Airways launches cargo freighter service from Hyderabad

TRADE TIES:A Thai Airways Boeing being received with the traditional water canon salute after it touched down at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad from Bangkok on Thursday. (Right) CEO of GMR-Hyderabad Airport Vikram Jaisinghani with Managing Director Thai Airways, Cargo, Pichai Chunganuwad.— Photos: Nagara Gopal

TRADE TIES:A Thai Airways Boeing being received with the traditional water canon salute after it touched down at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad from Bangkok on Thursday. (Right) CEO of GMR-Hyderabad Airport Vikram Jaisinghani with Managing Director Thai Airways, Cargo, Pichai Chunganuwad.— Photos: Nagara Gopal  

Thai Airways on Thursday started its first Cargo Freighter Service from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here with the airlines declaring its intention to tap the cargo business potential in the region.

Boeing 747-400F, the first freighter owned by Thai Airways, will operate on Bangkok-Hyderabad-Frankfurt route every Thursday.

Addressing a press conference, Pichai Chunganuwad, Managing Director, Thai Airways, Cargo, said the freighter service would also be operated from Bangkok to Delhi on Sundays. A second freighter aircraft being acquired by Thai Airways would be operated on Bangkok-Chennai-Amsterdam route from next month.

He said that although the total quantity of cargo carried by the airlines decreased to 700,000 tonnes last year with the average being 100,000 tonnes each month in the previous years, he expressed optimism that things would improve from second half of this year. He said that a 10 p.c. growth was expected this year and airlines might carry close to 8,00,000 tonnes.

Connectivity

Vikram Jaisinghani, CEO of GMR Hyderabad Airport International Limited, said the launch of freighter service would give great a boost to connectivity strength of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

He said GMR Hyderabad Airport International Limited, which operates the airport, was holding talks with Global Trunk Route Freighter Airlines to route their network through Hyderabad.

‘Express Terminal'

It was in the process of establishing an ‘Express Terminal' to facilitate faster custom clearance to logistics companies.



It will operate on the Bangkok-Hyderabad-Frankfurt route every Thursday

Operations on the Bangkok-Chennai-Amsterdam route from next month


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