Challenge Group looks to expand China connectivity with new tie up

Source: Challenge Group

The Challenge Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the owner Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO) that will expand the carrier’s presence in the Henan province.

The agreement will see the carrier increase its flight frequency (an exact number was not revealed), enhance Road Feeder Service connectivity and boost capacity for e-commerce and other commodities.

The Challenge Group currently operates five flights per week to the airport.

“The state-of-the-art CGO dual hub is fully equipped for optimal operations throughout the supply chain, combining highly trained staff with cutting-edge automation tools and line maintenance activity,” the carrier said in a press release.

“The hub plays a crucial role in feeding important destinations in and out of China with road feeder service and rail links.”

Yossi Shoukroun, chief executive of Challenge Group, added: “This partnership supports our business model based on strategic collaborations and strengthens our position in the global logistics industry.”

Two months ago, CGO Airport was merged into the Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Co to create the China Henan Aviation Group as the airport owner.

The deal is not the only MoU signed by the China Henan Aviation Group (CHAG) in recent months.

In June, CHAG signed an MoU with Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB) aimed at boosting air cargo connectivity between Malaysia and China.

The strategic partnership is anticipated to enhance the efficiency and reach of both airport operator groups by establishing new air cargo routes between Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO) and Kuala Lumpur International (KUL).

And last year a new terminal was opened at the airport.

The 160,000 sq m terminal added 600,000 tons of freight capacity, bringing the airport’s total air cargo capacity to 1.1m tons.

By 2035, the Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport plans to have five runways and three cargo zones, and will have the capacity to serve 100m passengers and 5m tons of cargo annually.

New cargo terminal opens for business at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]