Recently, a chartered plane loaded with 17 tons of mangosteens, durians, rambutans and other tropical fruits from Thailand took off from Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok and landed at Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport in China. It is reported that this chartered flight was modified from an A320 passenger flight operated by Cambodian Lanmei Airlines. After passing inspection and quarantines at the customs, these fruits will be sent to major fruit markets in China on the same day.
In May last year, Lanzhou New Development Area successfully launched a chartered flight route connecting ASEAN, Lanzhou, and South Asia. This year, a new service connecting Bangkok and Lanzhou for fresh fruits was added. As Lanzhou is located in the northwestern inland, imported fruits are directly transported from abroad by plane, which shortens the transportation time, simplifies the process, and greatly reduces the transportation cost. This will not only make it possible to meet the needs of Chinese consumers for imported fruits, but also further optimizes and improves the functions of ports in Northwest China, diversifies air transported products, and develops modern service industries such as logistics.
It is reported that the schedule of chartered flights carrying imported fruits handled by Lanzhou New Development Area Free Trade Zone will become normal this year, and more than 40 flights carrying tropical fruits from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand will arrive at Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport. So far, up to 19 categories of fruits have been filed in the customs network.
Source: Fruit Critic