CARGOLUX is to inaugurate regular scheduled services later this month between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou, the capital of Chinese province Henan.
The decision marks the beginning of a partnership between Cargolux and its new shareholder Henan Civil Aviation and Investment (HNCA) that will own a 35 per cent stake in Europe’s leading all-cargo carrier after the closing of the share transaction at the end of April.
“Customers will benefit from the transformation of Zhengzhou’s Xingzhen International Airport into a major national and international air cargo and logistics hub as part of China’s national development plans for its central region,” says a Cargolux statement.
Henan is the most populous province in China, with more than 100 million residents. Cargolux intends to operate at least four weekly flights to Zhengzhou routed via Baku.
Zhengzhou is ideally located in central China, with daily road feeder services to coastal cities such as Beijing and Shanghai and reaches far inland providing faster and more economical services to inland cities such as Xi’an, Wuhan, Chengdu and Chongqing.
The implementation of regular air cargo services between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou is part of a dual-hub strategy centred on Luxembourg’s Findel airport in Europe and on
Zhengzhou’s Xinzheng International Airport in Asia.The strategy is a major pillar of a commercial cooperation agreement between Cargolux and HNCA.
“The start of these new China services, in addition to continuing and expanding its existing flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen, will enable Cargolux to strengthen its market position in the Asia Pacific region by taking advantage of the trade movements generated by one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest developing economies,” the statement adds.
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