Houston Community News >> Cathay Pacific Announces Historic Houston-Hong Kong Cargo Service

4/21/2008 Houston, TX - Beginning on Tuesday, September 2, 2008, Cathay Pacific Airways will launch three weekly, all-cargo flights to Hong Kong from Houston. This historic new service will mark the first scheduled all cargo service to Hong Kong from Houston and will become the fourth scheduled Asian, all cargo service from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

One of China's most important international finance and trade centers, Hong Kong has strong ties to the energy capital of the world. Total air cargo trade between Houston and Hong Kong was valued at more than $24 million in 2007.

"Houston is an important centre for the oil business. (This new service) will boost our network and provide better access and connectivity for our customers between Asia and North America via our home hub in Hong Kong," says Ron Mathison, Cathay Pacific director & general manager cargo.

The new Tuesday, Thursday and Friday service will be operated using a Boeing 747-400F freighter aircraft and will be routed via Anchorage and Miami before arriving in Houston. The next day departing flights will stop first in Anchorage before continuing on to Hong Kong.

"We are very proud to welcome Cathay Pacific Airways' new all cargo scheduled air service to Houston. Hong Kong is an important international gateway, as is our city, and this new route will forge even stronger economic ties between the two," says Richard M. Vacar, director of the Houston Airport System. "Cathay Pacific becomes the fourth Asian carrier to launch all cargo flights from George Bush Intercontinental Airport and that ultimately will benefit not only the local business community, but also stimulate greater international trade between the Houston region and the rapidly growing Chinese and Asian markets."

The 120 acre-plus IAH CargoCenter can handle up to 20 widebody aircraft at a time. The Houston Airport System handled more than 400,000 metric tons of air cargo, last year.