Cathay Cargo Terminal marks 10 years of operations

Exterior of Cathay Cargo Terminal building.
Photo Credit: Cathay Cargo

Cathay Cargo Terminal recently marked its 10-year anniversary of full-scale operations at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) with a grand celebration.

The decade-long operation was commemorated by unveiling a new international marketing brand and hosting an exclusive gathering for customers and stakeholders in Hong Kong.

Anniversary Celebration

The highlight of the anniversary celebration was a VIP dinner party graced by the presence of Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), Algernon Yau.

Mr. Yau, who holds the distinction of being the first Chief Executive Officer of Cathay Cargo Terminal during its construction and inaugural years in 2013, shared his insights into the terminal’s remarkable journey.

Among the notable attendees were key stakeholders from the Government, Airport Authority Hong Kong, and luminaries from the logistics industry in Hong Kong.

The event also witnessed the participation of airline customers, and freight forwarders. Not forgetting its own, Cathay Cargo Terminal organized a special lunch party to express gratitude to its employees, tenants, and subcontractors.


A Cathay Pacific Cargo Boeing 747 freighter aircraft on the ground.
Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Vision for the Future

Tom Owen, Director Cargo of Cathay Pacific and Chair of Cathay Cargo Terminal, expressed his delight at the anniversary celebration.

He remarked, “It was great to be able to celebrate our special day with so many of our customers and special friends of the terminal. While it is important to look back and celebrate our success, we are incredibly focused on the future.”

Owen elaborated that the terminal’s future plans revolve around three key areas:

Digital Leadership: Leveraging technology to enhance operations and customer experience.

Sustainability Leadership: Commitment to sustainable practices.

Expanding Footprint: Extending operations into the Greater Bay Area of southern China.

These strategic initiatives are crucial in maintaining Hong Kong’s stature as the world’s largest air cargo hub.

A Unified Brand

As part of the international launch of the terminal’s new marketing brand, the previous brands “Cathay Pacific Services Limited” and “Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal” have been retired.

They’ve been consolidated into a refreshed single brand – “Cathay Cargo Terminal.” This change aligns with the Cathay Group’s overarching brand redesign and reflects the terminal’s commitment to its “Move Beyond” ambition.

Mark Watts, the Chief Operating Officer of Cathay Cargo Terminal, emphasized that this refreshed brand represents their focus on becoming the world’s most customer-centric air cargo terminal.

He noted, “Our 10-year anniversary is the perfect time to roll out our new brand internationally as we look towards future growth with HKIA’s Three-Runway System being fully operational from next year.”

Pieter van Marion from Netherlands, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A 10 Year Legacy

Cathay Cargo Terminal has been instrumental in bringing state-of-the-art technology to Hong Kong terminals and elevating cargo terminal service standards. Over the past decade, it has grown to become one of the world’s leading and most advanced terminals.

Some remarkable achievements over the years include:

  • Handling over 11 million cargo unit load devices (ULD).
  • Servicing 1.4 million flights.
  • Processing a staggering 16.3 million tonnes of cargo.

Currently, Cathay Cargo Terminal serves 18 scheduled airline customers at HKIA. It has set itself apart by prioritizing customized solutions for its customers and delivering world-class service.

Clients have the peace of mind that their shipments will be handled with the utmost safety, reliability, and efficiency.

Mr. Watts underlined their commitment to improvement, saying, “We are continuing to build on our impressive legacy by investing in initiatives that continually improve our handling of special cargo.”

One notable example is HKIA’s largest dedicated Pharma Handling Centre, which forms part of their Total Cold Chain Solution.

With more thermal dollies than any other Hong Kong cargo terminal operator, custom-designed Mobi-Fresh containers, and inflatable truck dock shelters, they provide the most comprehensive cold-chain solution in Hong Kong.

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