Cathay Pacific Airways announced Tuesday that it will expand its freighter services into Latin America with the launch of a Mexico City route.
The service, which runs three times a week, will begin March 1.
At the same time, the airline will also increase the frequency of its service to Guadalajara from two to three freighter flights per week.
The Mexico City service will operate on a Hong Kong-Anchorage-Los Angeles-Mexico City-Guadalajara-Anchorage-Hong Kong routing, using Cathay Pacific’s Boeing 747-8F.
The service will meet growing demand to move a wide range of commodities from Latin America and the U.S. to various parts of Asia.
Mexico City is the largest city in Mexico and one of the most important economic hubs in Latin America. The Boeing 747-8F offers more cargo space to carry the anticipated high volumes of auto parts, electronics, garments and perishables from Asia into Mexico City.
“We are delighted to launch this new freighter service to Mexico City as well as increasing the frequency to Guadalajara to three flights per week,” James Woodrow, Cathay Pacific director cargo, said. “We are committed to providing the best services connecting Asia to the fast-growing markets in Mexico and Latin America. We hope this new direct service will further stimulate the flow of goods between Mexico and Asia, at the same time boosting Hong Kong’s standing as one of the world’s key international airfreight hubs.”
Mexico City becomes Cathay Pacific’s second destination in Mexico following the launch of freighter flights to Guadalajara in October 2013.