Friday, June 14, 2024

Air cargo is committed to Hong Kong

Industry needs to up its game on sustainability, says HACTL chief

Despite the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, air cargo representatives do not see the Special Administrative Region losing its status as the world’s largest hub any time soon. The first protests started in April when a controversial extradition bill was introduced, which has since been withdrawn. Protests have continued since then, and Hong Kong International […]

Hactl handles 104 freighters in record 24 hours

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has broken its record for the numbers of freighters handled in 24 hours. On 3 November, Hactl handled 104 freighter, beating the previous record of 102, set on 5 November 2017. The peak of activity was between 0200 and 0300, when Hactl handled 13 freighters simultaneously. Upgrades to Hactl’s […]

Hactl to handle Southern Air flights in Hong Kong

Cargo handler Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has been awarded the contract to provide ramp handling for freighter operator Southern Air. The Kentucky-based subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holding operates 21 rotations a week through Hong Kong, serving Anchorage, Cincinnati, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Leipzig, Milan, Sharjah, Bahrain and Seoul. All services to […]

Hactl signs up to ULD Care Code of Conduct

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) is the latest air cargo organisation to support ULD Care’s Unit Load Device Code of Conduct. The 10-point code is a voluntary agreement promoting best practice in the handling of ULDs and represents a gold standard benchmark for safe and efficient operations on the ground and in flight. The […]

Hactl to handle Eznis Airways flights to Hong Kong

Mongolia’s Eznis Airways has picked Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) as its cargo handler for Ulan Bator – Hong Kong flights. The services operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, taking around 4 hours 40 minutes using a Boeing 737 passenger aircraft. Hactl provides Eznis Airways with cargo terminal operations, as well as handling documentation. […]

When air cargo success took to the stage

In a major break from tradition, last week’s ACW World Air Cargo Award’s gala night of the airfreight stars saw the announcement of the winners of the ECS Group’s ground-breaking #NexGen Leaders industry initiative. In a second change to the proceedings, more than 10,000 voters worldwide had cast their votes in a new format where […]

Hactl to handle Raya Airways in Hong Kong

Malaysian freighter airline, Raya Airways has appointed Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) as its ground handler in Hong Kong. The airline operates five flights a week between Hong Kong and its home base of Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang using a Boeing 767 Freighter. The capacity is provided for integrator traffic, supplemented […]

Hong Kong remains the world’s leading cargo hub

Growth may be subdued at Hong Kong International Airport due to restricted freighter, but Wilson Kwong remains confident about the future, due to the breadth and depth of its network. The chief executive of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl), the only neutral air cargo terminal operator at the airport says despite restricted freighter capacity, […]

IATA WCS 2019: CEIV Fresh certificate launched

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched the CEIV Fresh certificate, with Hong Kong International Airport being named the first certified community. The accreditation was pioneered by the airport, with Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) working closely with members of the airport community including Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals, Cathay Pacific Services Limited and […]

Hactl goes green with solar panels on the roof

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has taken the next step in its “Green Terminal” project by installing 1,300sqm of solar panels on the roof of SuperTerminal 1. The installation will feature 518 panels with the capacity to create 160 kWp, with the renewable energy being fed into the power grid. The system is being […]

Hactl is not waiting to go green

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has marked the latest phase in its Green Terminal environmental programme with an event called “Don’t Wait Act Now”. The event, which included a show of upcycled fashion modelled by Hactl staff, is designed to instil a sense of urgency over the need to take steps to reduce society’s […]

Hactl makes light work of outsized machinery components

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has handled two charter flights for AirBridgeCargo Airlines each carrying 20 metre long machinery components weighing almost 19 tonnes. The outsized loads were carried on two brand-new Boeing 747-8 Freighters from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands to Hong Kong, on their way to their final destination in Guangzhou, […]

Air Belgium picks Hactl as cargo handler in Hong Kong

Air Belgium has appointed Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) to handle cargo for its twice-weekly service between Brussels and Hong Kong. The airline started twice-weekly services on 4 June using an Airbus A340-300 with approximately 14 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight. It has chosen Brussels South Charleroi Airport as its hub as the […]

Mark Whitehead dies weeks after retiring from Hactl

Former chief executive of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl), Mark Whitehead has died in his sleep weeks after retiring. Whitehead, who retired on 7 March died while competing in the China Sea Race, had been the chief executive of Hactl for eight years before handing over to Wilson Kwong. He was a member of […]

IATA recognises Hong Kong as CEIV Pharma partner airport

HKIA releases January cargo figures

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been recognised as a partner airport of the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) programme. The globally recognised standard for pharmaceutical airfreight shipments is designed to help the industry develop a network of pharmaceutical trade lanes that meet consistent cold chain management standards […]

YTO Cargo Airlines picks Hactl as Hong Kong handling agent

YTO Cargo Airlines, the aircraft operating arm of courier firm YTO Express, has picked Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) as its handling agent for Hong Kong. Airline operations commenced in September 2015, and the newest route from, which operates four times a week from Wuxi to Hong Kong, started on 29 January, uses a […]

A turning point for the world’s largest cargo hub?

Can Hong Kong continue to flourish as not just the leading air cargo hub of the world, but perhaps more importantly, the air cargo gateway to China to which it owes its pre-eminent position? Donald Urquhart asks where next for Hong Kong. Hong Kong is the undisputed air cargo king of the world. But a […]

Mark Whitehead to retire as Hactl chief executive

Mark Whitehead is to retire as chief executive of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl), handing over the reins to Wilson Kwong on 7 March. Kwong, the chief executive of Jardine Engineering Corporation (JEC), joined the Jardine Matheson Group in 1998 and has worked in Jardine Aviation Services, the Jardine Matheson Head Office, and Hong […]

EVA Air returns to Hactl for handling service in Hong Kong

EVA Air has appointed Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) as its cargo handling agent again, returning on 5 January 2018. Hactl will provide all cargo handling services for the airline’s operations in Hong Kong, which include over 60 passenger flights and eight wide-body freighter flights per week. The airline also plans to use the […]

Asia Pacific continues to rise as emerging markets open up

The current peak season may be stealing the lime light, but underlying it all has been a solid year for the industry and for one market in particular – SE Asia – air cargo supply chain executives are upbeat on the market’s solid future despite the challenges, Donald Urquhart writes. It is not hard to […]

Asia Pacific remains the perishables sector’s biggest growth market

The perishables sector shows clearly the new conventional wisdom – that China is mightily important – but also sketches out the considerable mileage still to tap. There can be no doubting the scale or the importance of the sector as bigger players in the market testify. “Perishables is a major cargo segment handled at Changi […]

Hactl to handle Aviastar freighter services from Russia

Aviastar has appointed Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) to handle its new freighter services from Eastern Russia to Hong Kong. The Moscow-based carrier has started operations from Novosibirsk’s Tolmachevo Airport utilising a Tupolev Tu-204C with a 28.5 tonne payload and 14 pallet positions. It plans to increase services to four times a week by […]

Addressing gaps in pharma logistics the key to growth

There is no disputing the substantial growth of high-yield pharmaceutical traffic, but as more and more players join the bandwagon, are pharma shippers getting all they bargained for? Donald Urquhart writes. With an estimated $12 billion currently being spent on cold chain biopharma logistics, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts this figure will rise […]

Hactl introduces virtual reality to train new staff

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has introduced a Virtual Reality (VR) training environment, enabling new staff to gain experience before working on the ramp. The COSAC-VR provides users with an interactive, fully immersive, 360 degrees, four-dimensional experience, with the first phase covering aircraft cargo compartment operations, and other areas of Hactl operations will be […]

Hactl outperforms the Hong Kong market with 16.6% first half growth

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has continued to outperform the Hong Kong market with 16.6 per cent tonnage growth in the first half of 2017. The only independent cargo handler in Hong Kong handled 860,242 tonnes with growth from exports, imports, transhipments and mail/express. Hactl has outperformed the market in every month since September […]

HKIA celebrates “fruitful” year with record cargo volumes

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has retained its position as the busiest cargo airport for the seventh consecutive year as it celebrates a “fruitful” 2016/17 fiscal year. Cargo volumes grew 6.7 per cent to 4.6 million tonnes, an all time high, and passenger numbers and flight movements also broke all time records. Revenue increased 2.4 […]

Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge to be a game changer in Pearl River

The Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge will be a game-changer for Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services (Hacis), and it will do its utmost to maximise two-way traffic, managing director Vivien Lau (pictured) says. The bridge, which is due to open this year, will cut journey times to 40 minutes and Lau says […]

Hactl handles horses for Longines Masters for 5th time

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has handled 60 horses for the Longines Masters of Hong Kong for the fifth successive year. The transportation of the horses from Liege and their return journeys after the event are being coordinated by European Horse Services (EHS). Etihad Airways was this year’s carrier and DB Schenker performed the […]

VietJet picks Hactl to handle cargo for Hong Kong flights

VietJet has chosen Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) to provide cargo terminal operations for its Ho Chi Minh City – Hong Kong flights. The daily service will be operated with an Airbus A320 and Vietnam was Hong Kong’s fifth largest export market, with major commodities including telecom equipment, meat products and electronic components. Imports […]

Hactl sets new records in 2016 despite slow start to year

After a slow start to 2016, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) had a strong to the end of the year, setting new terminal and ramp handling records. Volumes rose 1.7 per cent to 1.65 million tonnes, with Hactl breaking weekly records at SuperTerminal 1 in three consecutive weeks in November, handling a record breaking […]