EZHOU Huahu Airport, in central China's Hubei Province, has begun operations as China's first "professional cargo hub airport". It's also the first professional cargo hub airport in Asia, reports London's Air Cargo News, citing China's state press agency Xinhua.
A Boeing 767-300 cargo plane took off to mark the start of operations at the airport, which features a 23,000 sq m cargo terminal, a nearly 700,000 sq m freight transit centre and two runways to improve airfreight transport efficiency.
Logistics service provider SF Express holds a 46 per cent stake in Hubei International Logistics Airport Co, Ltd, the operator of Ezhou Huahu Airport.
SF has independently built the freight transport transit centre, a cargo sorting centre and an aviation base at the new airport. SF Express also plans to process the majority of its packages through the new airport in the future.
"As a cargo hub, Ezhou Huazhu Airport will help SF Express to form a new comprehensive logistics network," said Pan Le, director of the airport's IT department.
The airport has opened two cargo routes to Shenzhen and Shanghai, and is scheduled to add international routes connecting with Osaka in Japan and Frankfurt in Germany within this year.
It is expected to open around 10 international cargo routes and 50 domestic routes by 2025, with air cargo and mail throughput reaching 2.45 million tonnes.
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