Qatar Airways increases Asian cargo services

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Qatar Airways is to increase its cargo services to the Asia-Pacific region with a new weekly flight to Hanoi from 15 April.

The new route will be served by one of the carrier's Boeing 777 freighter and follows the launch of passenger services to the Vietnamese capital in November 2010.

The new freighter service will return via Hong Kong.

The Hanoi service follows on the heels of a previously unannounced weekly freight route from Doha to Kozhikode and on to Bengaluru in southern India, which began in February and is operated by an Airbus A300-600F. The return flight is nonstop from Bengaluru.

The carrier now operates passenger or freight services to 12 Indian destinations.

"In India, we've seen a big upward trend in cargo movements," says Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker. "The market in India is still growing and we see more opportunities on the horizon."

He adds that the carrier has identified Hanoi as a major growth market. "Vietnam exports a lot of manufactured goods and it is the world's second-largest exporter of rice."