Saudia Cargo has resumed its air freight services to Mumbai and Guangzhou, China; a strategic move of the company to reopen the silk road. The weekly services were resumed with effect from April 1, 2019.
The Saudi Airlines cargo company said that it aims to meet the growing demand for cargo operations and stimulate trade movement to/from the Asian continent. The weekly flights to India and China are in addition to the already operating 5 weekly flights to Dhaka and the 7 weekly flights to Hong Kong.
Omar Hariri, CEO of Saudia Cargo, in an official statement to the press, said, “This operation reflects the company’s policy aiming to enhance and increase trade activities between the Kingdom and both countries.” (sic.)
He added, “Saudia Cargo will mobilize its logistical capabilities to and from both destinations, adding an extra weekly freighter flight to Guangzhou operated by a Boeing 777F Aircraft and another to Mumbai, operated by a Boeing 747-400F, offering estimated 100 tons of capacity to each destination in addition to the belly-capacity on board Saudia passenger flights.”
During this year, Saudia Cargo strengthened its presence in Asia to fill the exceeding demand for air cargo and logistical services through the belly-capacity on-board Saudi Arabian Airlines that operates 480 weekly flights with the capacity of 5,836 tons a week to/from 21 destinations in Asia.