Qantas Freight: Direct from Darwin to Hong Kong
The new service – which will be the only direct cargo link between the Northern Territory and Hong Kong - will provide capacity to carry up to 50 tonnes of fresh produce such as chilled meat, seafood, dairy, fruit and vegetables, as well as general cargo. It will provide local producers with the opportunity to get their products into Asia faster and fresher, potentially extending the shelf life and profitability of quality Australian exports.
“Producers throughout the Northern Territory often find themselves transporting large volumes of perishables via road to the east coast to meet a cargo connection to Asia. This process can take up to five days, which reduces the shelf life of the product when it arrives at its destination,” said Mr McGlynn.
“We’d like to acknowledge the support of Darwin Airport in launching this new freight service, in collaboration with the Northern Territory Government.”
The Qantas Group is a long-term investor in the Northern Territory, stimulating tourism and providing vital connectivity for the region. In FY17, the Qantas Group contributed more than $150 million to the Territory economy, including employing 400 people locally as well as tourists spending with local businesses.
*Subject to regulatory approvals.