Why Cathay Pacific jumbo hasn't flown to Wellcamp

CATHAY Pacific's regular scheduled Wellcamp airport freight flights will return to normal after the Chinese New Year after a number of flights were cancelled.

Charter flights from Melbourne exporting horses overseas cancelled two flights on December 6 and January 17, while the December 27 cancellation was due to the Christmas season.

Cathay Pacific cargo manager Nigel Chynoweth said regular freight flights from Wellcamp to Hong Kong would resume after the Chinese New Year on January 28.

Mr Chynoweth said Cathay's reported restructure would not impact operations from Wellcamp due to the route's success since launching direct Hong Kong flights in November.

He said the success of the flights to date put the airport in a good position to double or triple the number of export flights in the next six to 12 months - a forecast made by Food Leaders Australia CEO Dr Ben Lyons.

Mr Chynoweth said each Cathay Pacific cargo plane which left Wellcamp airport was full, primarily with chilled beef and milk, along with seasonal produce and stock from Sydney and Melbourne.

"It is going to be dairy and beef that will sustain the flight," Mr Chynoweth said.

"Our priority is efficiency and (Wellcamp) is working very well."