FedEx delays opening of its new China hub

Denying the current economic slow down is the reason, FedEx has announced its new US$150 million Asia Pacific hub at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in southern China will not open in December 2008 as originally planned. Instead the new facility’s opening will be pushed back to mid-2009. FedEx said in a statement it expected the […]


Denying the current economic slow down is the reason, FedEx has announced its new US$150 million Asia Pacific hub at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in southern China will not open in December 2008 as originally planned.

Instead the new facility’s opening will be pushed back to mid-2009. FedEx said in a statement it expected the new hub, which was currently in the testing phase, to be fully operational in the first half of 2009.

FedEx stated that over the past several months, “significant” progress had been made in key areas, including construction, IT, employee training and the installation of the hub’s “unique” package and sorting system comprising 16 high-speed sorting lines, seven round-out conveyer belts and a total of 90 primary and secondary document-sorting splits. “This advanced system will enable FedEx to sort up to 24,000 packages an hour at the start of operations.”

FedEx said the new hub featured its own ramp control tower – a first for an international air express cargo company facility in China. “The ability to manage operations at the hub by controlling aircraft movements on the ground, aircraft parking plans and loading/unloading priorities will optimise efficiency and ensure operations are of the highest standard for FedEx.”