Direct, efficient air link into Central China
‘Airborne Silk Road’ boosts Zhengzhou's fortunes
From Zhengzhou, the capital of Central China's Henan province a new ‘Silk Road in the air’ is booming, linking it all the way to Luxembourg. This international flight route between the two cities is helping boost global trade.
Statistics show total cargo shipments in and out of Zhengzhou Airport likely reached 500,000 metric tons in 2017. Cargo shipments from Zhengzhou to and from Luxembourg alone were expected to constitute 150,000 tons of this, said Eric Erbacher of Cargolux Airlines International, Europe's biggest all-cargo airline.
Pointing to several large containers of fresh fruit, he said: "It only takes about 19 flight hours to deliver the South American cherries to Zhengzhou by charter flight, perfectly fresh! In South America, the cherries have enjoyed a bumper harvest, while China is booming now. We delivered them here directly to China to meet market demand as the Christmas and New Year festivals are coming.”
President Xi Jinping first pushed for China to build a "Silk Road in the air" between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou on June 14, 2017, during a meeting with visiting Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.
According to china.org.cn, since airfreight operations between the Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Logistics Co Ltd and Cargolux Airlines International began in 2014, the Zhengzhou-Luxembourg project has covered Germany, Belgium, Chile and the United States.
Publication date: 2/22/2018
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