Shenzhen Airport stresses e-commerce as cross-border volumes soar
SHENZHEN Bao'an International Airport's cross border e-commerce volumes doubled in the first seven months of the year and expects greater increases to come thanks to the addition freighter flights, London's Air Cargo News.
The airport, adjacent to Hong Kong, handled a total of 93,000 tonnes of cross-border e-commerce traffic between January and July - up 101 per cent year on year - thanks in part to the addition last year of a Boeing 777 freighter flight jointly operated by Central Airlines and e-commerce logistics firm YunExpress.
At the end of July, the two partner airlines added a second 777 freighter to the operation which should boost volumes further.
The extra freighter will be used to increase the frequency of the airlines' Shenzhen-Paris service from three flights per week to six flights per week.
Meanwhile, their Shenzhen-Riyadh route will increase from one to two flights per week.
"The weekly outbound transportation capacity from Shenzhen Airport to Paris, France and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will be increased to over 600 tonnes and 200 tonnes respectively," said the airport statement.
Increased volumes consisted mainly of cross-border e-commerce goods from Shenzhen, building a more efficient and smooth air passage into the European and Middle East markets, the airport said.
Shenzhen-based Central Airlines operates six freighters on five routes: Shenzhen to Riyadh, Clark (Philippines), Davao (Philippines), Jakarta and Paris.
The growth in e-commerce volumes follows a focus on the traffic at the airport.
Since the beginning of this year, Shenzhen Airport has seen the addition of five new international freighter routes and increased the frequency of five existing services.
The airport said that seven of these additions are cross-border e-commerce routes: from Shenzhen to Paris, Liege, Sao Paulo, London, Davao, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh.
In total, the airport boasts 35 international and regional freighter routes. Electronic products account for 40 per cent of Shenzhen's cross-border e-commerce goods.