CATHAY Pacific has added cargo capacity and is in close talks with suppliers as it prepares for a muted peak season, reports London's Air Cargo News.
The airline has added extra passenger flights, cargo-only capacity, and ramped up freighter operations ahead of the peak.
"We have already increased frequency to the US, and we are now operating daily to London Heathrow," said Cathay Pacific general manager cargo service delivery Frosti Lau.
"Our freighters are operating a full schedule, supported by cargo-only passenger operations focused on regional destinations."
"This extra capacity will help as we prepare for a busy peak, although we are anticipating it may not be as sustained and pronounced as last year's," said Mr Lau.
Mr Lau explained that inflation, supply chain disruption, and Covid crisis restrictions in China continue to affect consumer demand and production capabilities.
"As flights are being adjusted, we are working with our suppliers in outports to ensure that they are ready to handle our flights smoothly and to avoid some of the disruption we have seen post-pandemic," said Mr Lau.
"Our teams across Europe, in particular, have done a fantastic job in preparing for our return."
Recently, the market remains flat as the industry heads toward the traditional peak season.
Forwarder Flexport declared that demand from north China was low, and the overall market is stable.
"[From south China] the market demand remains soft for both the transpacific eastbound and Far East-Europe westbound (FEWB) lanes, and rates are stable," said Flexport.