CHINA Postal Airlines has launched flights from Hangzhou to Beijing then to Gaungzhou and back to Hangzhou, which promises next day delivery for 80 per cent of express parcels from Zhejiang province to these major centres, Xinhua reports.
This is the second freighter service from Zhejiang after the Nanjing, Wenzhou, Fuzhou and Nanjing loop launched in 2013. The new service offers six flights per week on Monday to Saturday, which leaves Hangzhou's Xiaoshan International Airport at 2315 hrs and returns at 0755 after unloading and loading at Beijing and Guangzhou. Each flight can carry up to 12 tonnes.
With the two freighter services respectively from Hangzhou and Wenzhou, Zhejiang province's China Post EMS (Express Mail Service) parcels can be delivered to Beijing and Guangzhou the next morning, half day faster than before. Zhejiang's parcels to other cities can trucked to the nearby Nanjing airport where China Postal Airlines is based and be flown to their destinations. Hence, 80 per cent of the express packages from Zhejiang can be delivered to major domestics cities the next morning or next day.
Hangzhou airport enjoys the advantages of being situated in the Yangtze River Delta where manufacturing industry concentrates and trade and e-commerce is booming. It is shifting from conventional transportation to high-end and high value added logistics services during recent years.
The airport is speeding up the building of an airport logistics park, and has launched 15 freighter service. It also has built China's first pharmaceutical warehouse in airport.
Hangzhou airport handled 368,100 tonnes of freight last year, 8.8 per cent more than in 2012, making it the second fastest growing airport in China. Its cargo throughput ranked at seventh among Chinese airports.
Source : HKSG.