Qatar Airways Cargo will operate additional air cargo capacity to India

NEW DELHI: Qatar airlines Cargo announced on Wednesday that it will add more air cargo capacity to and from India with the use of passenger aircraft carrying cargo only from April 1, 2020.

Qatar airlines Cargo, one of the world’s leading air carriers, said these flights will be in addition to the cargo carrier’s existing freighter services.

The airline said the charges have been introduced as a result of strong demand for Indian products, such as fresh produce.

The airline will operate cargo passenger aircraft only to Delhi (3 weekly flights), Hyderabad (2 weekly flights), Bangalore (3 weekly flights), Chennai (4 weekly flights), Mumbai (5 weekly flights) and Kolkata (2). weekly flights), it said.

Qatar airlines Group's chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We are pleased to add belly-hold cargo operations to India to supplement our existing freighter aircraft operations. We are thankful to the Indian government for their flexibility in allowing Qatar airlines to continue supporting worldwide trade connectivity by utilising passenger aircraft to carry freight only while passenger operations remain restricted. We continue to see strong demand for exports and imports, particularly the transportation of essential medical supplies manufactured in India that are pivotal to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The addition of these 19-week belly hold services will increase the airline's weekly cargo capacity to India from 2,900 to 3,300 tons. Tummy hold cargo flights will be operated in shifts without any cabin crew members or passengers on board, the airline added.