DHL doubles Central Asia Hub

Deutsche Post World Net subsidiary DHL has expanded its Central Asia hub at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) a full five years ahead of schedule, in response to rapid growth in express demand.

Central Asia Hub Dan McHugh DHL Jerry Hsu

The early expansion of the hub reflects both the meteoric growth of the express logistics market in both China and the intra-Asian markets, as well as the continuing importance of HongKong as an international cargo hub.

“The Central Asia Hub expansion is really a story of growth,” said Dan McHugh, chief executive officer, DHL Express Asia Pacific. “It reflects the importance of Hong Kong, the importance of China and also DHL’s global footprint.” he said.

Although airports in the Pearl River Delta have rapidly developed and provide modern equipment and facilities, they cannot compete with Hong Kong’s connectivity provided by 80 airlines and efficient ground-air network.

Hong Kong is still the gateway to the fast-growing Chinese market and is also within a four hour flight of all major Asian cities, added Jerry Hsu, president, Greater China, of DHL Express.

DHL estimates that at least 15 to 20 years is needed before China’s groundair networks will catch up to the level ofHong Kong’s.

Pledges of gov’t support

Speaking at the opening ceremony for the hub last month, Eva Cheng, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Transport and Housing told reporters that DHL’s continued investment in Hong Kong shows the territory’s ongoing importance and continuing growth as a logistics centre.