Shenzhen ups stakes for air cargo supremacy

The gloves have come off. Shenzhen Airport Authority and Shenzhen Airlines have unveiled plans to grab as much of the air cargo market as possible in the Pearl River Delta in southern China, in direct competition with Hong Kong International Airport, sweeping aside all the past diplomatic talk about one airport complementing the other. Shenzhen […]


The gloves have come off. Shenzhen Airport Authority and Shenzhen Airlines have unveiled plans to grab as much of the air cargo market as possible in the Pearl River Delta in southern China, in direct competition with Hong Kong International Airport, sweeping aside all the past diplomatic talk about one airport complementing the other.

Shenzhen Airport Authority plans to increase freighter services at Shenzhen airport by 50 per cent in 2010 as opposed to a 3 per cent increase in passengertraffic next year, a speaker at the China (Shenzhen) International Logistics andTransportation Fair 2009 said recently.

Speaking at one of the event’s seminar sessions, Shenzhen Airlines Cargo director Jacobsen Hsieh, said: “Shenzhen airline will make use of all the night slots available at the Shenzhen airport to boost its air cargo business in the near future as all the day slots are fully taken up.”

Hsieh said Shenzhen Airlines planned to upgrade its fleet with medium-sized freighters and enhance its own feeder functions in and out of Shenzhen in the future, including flying to destinations in Japan, South Korea, Cambodia and India.

Currently, about 70 to 80 per cent of high value goods are transported as airfreight from Shenzhen airport to other parts of the world, he said, adding that Shenzhen airport will grow in importance as more airlines and integrators use its facilities.