China’s Ezhou Huahu Airport hits milestone

By Rebecca Jeffrey

The Cessna 560 airplane at Ezhou Huahu Airport on Dec 29. Photo: Xinhua

China’s first cargo airport, the Ezhou Huahu Airport, has hit a development milestone.

A Cessna 560 airplane carried out flight verification of the Ezhou Huahu Airport in Hubei on Dec 29, marking the completion of the cargo-oriented airport, said Xinhua.

China’s official state press agency added the airport serves as an air cargo hub and feeder airport for passenger transport. It is also China’s first airport project that introduces social capital and enterprises.

Shenzhen-based SF Express, and Hubei Province jointly developed the airport. SF Express is now operating the air cargo hub.

The airport includes two runways, a passenger terminal and a large area for logistics operations.

According to CAPA (Centre for Aviation), plans are in place for capacity of 2.45m tons of cargo and one million passengers p/a by 2025, increasing to 3.3m tons of cargo and 1.5m passengers p/a by 2030.

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