China Southern launches new Schiphol flights

CHINA Southern Airlines has launched twice-weekly freighter flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (the Netherlands) to China.

The 777F services will land in Chongqing, a major centre for the production of PCs and laptops, and home to manufacturing plants of nine of the world’s leading brands.

China Southern’s existing services run from Amsterdam to Shanghai and Guangzhou, and bring to nine the total number of destinations in China served by freighters direct from Schiphol.

China Southern is one of seven freighter operators now serving China and Hong Kong from the airport, the other airlines being AirBridgeCargo, Air France-KLM, Cathay Pacific, China Cargo Airlines, Jade Cargo and Martinair.

“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 Cargo’s senior vice-president Enno Osinga said.

Amsterdam Schiphol maintains third place among European cargo airports, according to Airport Council International rankings.

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