Monday, October 3, 2011

Another European Air Freight Link to China as CSA Starts New Cargo Service

Chongqing Now Twice Weekly From Amsterdam's Schiphol
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – CHINA - Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has further strengthened its freight connections with China and Hong Kong, following the launch of China Southern Airlines’ twice weekly B777F cargo services to Chongqing. Chongqing is a major centre for the production of PC's and laptops, and is home to manufacturing plants of nine of the world’s leading brands. The area’s fast-growing industry is fuelling economic growth that is producing strong consumer demand for imports, as well as providing export traffic.

The new flights complement China Southern’s existing services from Amsterdam to Shanghai and Guangzhou, and bring to nine the total number of destinations in China served by freighters direct from Schiphol: now Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzen, Tianjin, Yantai and Chengdu in addition to Chongqing. China Southern is one of seven freighter operators now serving China and Hong Kong from the airport, the other airlines being Air France KLM, Martinair, China Cargo Airlines, Jade Cargo, Cathay Pacific and Airbridge Cargo.

Schiphol, the third largest airport for freight in Europe, now plays host to 21 freighter operators, collectively representing an average of 325 movements per week, serving 70 destinations in 45 countries on 6 continents. Passenger and combi carriers additionally provide services from Schiphol to Hangzhou and Xiamen.

Says Schiphol Cargo’s Senior VP, Enno Osinga:

“We are delighted to welcome these latest services by China Southern Airlines. As the airline is a member of Skyteam, these new flights offer immediate potential for connections with Air France KLM over Schiphol, giving both airlines access to their respective networks.

“Our links with China will develop further when China Eastern joins Skyteam, as this would allow both China Cargo Airlines (part-owned by China Eastern, and already serving Schiphol) and Air France KLM to tap into China Eastern’s domestic network as well. Schiphol is continuing to develop as the preferred hub for European air cargo, and our large-scale freighter operations are a key element in our success.”