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Etihad Cargo introduces Shanghai to Chennai route to support increased demand

Etihad Cargo has expanded operations in China and India with the introduction of a Shanghai-Chennai direct route.

From 8 December, Etihad Cargo will reinstate a twice weekly freighter service from Shanghai to Abu Dhabi via Chennai.

The company currently operates 79 weekly flights to India and 11 flights per week to Mainland China, providing a total capacity of around 2,000 tonnes from the countries.

“The Indian market is currently booming,” said Martin Drew, senior vice president global sales & cargo at Etihad Aviation Group. “The country’s industrial production is rising and manufacturing output is rebounding, driven by increases in the production of machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and metals, among others.

“As part of Etihad Cargo’s commitment to supporting this key market, the carrier has opened up freighter capacity from Chennai to support increased demand from customers in the region.”

This latest addition to Etihad Cargo’s network follows the introduction of twice-weekly direct flights to Guangzhou.

Etihad Cargo noted that it had become the first international airline to operate long-haul cargo and passenger services to the top three Chinese gateways — Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou — since the beginning of the pandemic.

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