THE Shenzhen airport’s cargo throughput reached 372,000 tons in the first quarter (Q1), up by 40.5 percent year on year, according to the airport.
A total of 153,000 tons, or over 40 percent, were international cargoes, up by 84.6 percent year on year. In March alone, the international cargo throughput increased by 82.1 percent over the same period of last year.
On April 15, a cargo route between Shenzhen and Manila was put into use, deploying a B757-200 all-cargo plane that can carry 28 tons of cargo in a single flight. The flight will operate four times a week, offering a capacity of 220 tons of cargo between the two cities.
Due to the development of cross-border e-commerce that stimulates air cargo services, Western Globe Airlines of the United States opened a route between Shenzhen and Chicago in January. In March, Cargolux Airlines intensified flights on its route between Shenzhen and Luxembourg.
With the support of Shenzhen Customs, Shenzhen airport applied technologies in innovating the monitoring mechanism that enables the domestic flight cargoes to be transshipped directly to international fights. Previously, cargoes from domestic flights were unloaded to the domestic flight yards and then delivered to the international flight yards to be loaded onto international flights.
The seamless transshipment service, with reporting cargo information in advance, greatly improves the transshipment efficiency.
With the new arrangement, the transshipment process had been shortened to 2 hours and transportation costs were cut, according to the airport.