INCREASED air-cargo capacity on the Melbourne-Hong Kong route is a benefit of Virgin Australia’s new daily service between the two cities, which launched on Sunday.
Virgin Atlantic Cargo – which provides long-haul international cargo sales and management for Virgin Australia – reported steadily increasing cargo volumes since the launch of five-flights-per-week service between Melbourne and Hong Kong in July.
The company expects the extra capacity provided by the new daily service would support the peak perishables season ex-Australia, as well as thriving e-commerce and courier business from Hong Kong.
Virgin Atlantic regional sales manager for Australia and New Zealand Pip Palmer said cargo volumes to and from Melbourne had exceeded expectations so far.
“There are a series of positive business indicators that show not only a consistent level of demand from our current customers but also opportunities for new traffic like we have started to generate from Tasmania,” she said.
The airline has begun handling shipments of fresh lobster, abalone and chilled salmon from Tasmania to Hong Kong.