All-freight carrier Air Hong Kong (AHK) will add another call to its bi-weekly service between Osaka and Hong Kong from next week. Chief operating officer Kenny Tang said the service was being launched in response to strong demand on the route. 'During certain weeks we have operated over two services per week and we feel having a scheduled service will allow exporters greater flexibility in making transport arrangements,' he said. The new turnaround service, which starts on April 4, will be operated every Friday, the day most Japanese manufacturers are ready to export their weekly production. Goods can be uplifted directly from factories and delivered to Hong Kong on the same day for connection on AHK's services to Brussels and Manchester, and to the United States via the airline's Chicago service. Mr Tang said AHK's payload was seasonal. During peak periods in the second half of the year, its freighters were about 80 per cent full. However, during low seasons the payload was liable to drop, he said. AHK is to promote the extra service through about 10-15 cargo agents which work closely with shippers. Mr Tang said AHK could compete with other airlines as demand was increasing. 'We are moderately increasing our service and we feel the market can justify it,' he said. There was an upward trend in the Japanese market due to the weak yen, which had encouraged exporters to export more cargo out of the country. AHK's additional service takes off from Hong Kong at 10.25am, departs Osaka at 5.30pm and returns to the territory at 8.30pm. Mr Tang said the European market was booming. If demand continued to pick up, AHK would increase its present four combined weekly services to Brussels and Manchester to five, he said. AHK had traffic rights to increase flights to Brussels and Manchester. 'We expect to go up in April and May to five services,' Mr Tang said, adding that, if demand warranted it, AHK could also provide dedicated services to Manchester and Brussels.