Polar Air Cargo Worldwide seeks to grow its Hong Kong connections to the Middle East by transferring one fifth-freedom frequency to Manama, Bahrain from Incheon, South Korea.
The US all-cargo carrier tells US DOT it would like to launch Manama operations from 3 July using one of seven fifth-freedom frequencies that Polar has between Hong Kong and Incheon.
The proposed swap would require the United States to add Bahrain as a fifth-freedom point to its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hong Kong, which Polar says would involve DOT notifying regulators in Honk Kong of the addition.
Polar currently links Hong Kong and the USA with service from Wilmington, Ohio and Los Angeles International airport.
Polar's latest regulatory filing comes after it received approval and launched service between Hong Kong and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates last year. Also last year the cargo operator expanded its Japanese presence with service between Osaka's Kansai International and Chicago O'Hare International airports.
Polar's request to bolster its Middle Eastern service comes as April IATA data-the latest available-shows that global freight traffic fell for the fifth consecutive month in the 20% range year-over-year.