Volga-Dnepr’s AirBridge Cargo, and other Russian cargo carriers, will soon be able to expand their traffic rights out of Hong Kong International Airport to a third destination outside Russia, after successful talks between Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency and the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong this month, reports ch-aviation.
The Russian carrier was granted fifth freedom rights under revised terms of the two countries’ bilateral air services agreement, signed in 1999. Russian aircraft will now be able to fly between any two intermediate points – to be chosen from Singapore Changi, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Bangkok, Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan, Incheon Airport in Seoul, Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi and Hong Kong – for as many as three flights per week in each direction.
Flights between Hong Kong and Hanoi cannot exceed 50 percent of the capacity of the aircraft used, combined, on a calendar month basis. AirBridge Cargo has also secured rights to fly in and out of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska as a beyond point from Hong Kong, for five frequencies a week either direction.
AirBridge Cargo is the only Russian all-cargo operator in the Hong Kong market. It connects Hong Kong to the Russian cities of Ekaterinburg, Khabarovsk and Moscow.
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