CHINA: Yangtze River Express flies Chongqing to Europe

China’s Yangtze River Express has begun a new service between southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality and Europe, catering to the growing international cargo volumes through the city. The establishment of a large manufacturing facility by HP, followed by Acer and other IT related companies has kicked off a growing air cargo market in the Chongqing, in […]


China’s Yangtze River Express has begun a new service between southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality and Europe, catering to the growing international cargo volumes through the city. The establishment of a large manufacturing facility by HP, followed by Acer and other IT related companies has kicked off a growing air cargo market in the Chongqing, in part a result of the Chinese government’s recent focus on encouraging companies to begin investing inland, rather than the traditional coastal areas. The twice weekly B747-400SF will fly Shanghai-Chongqing-Moscow- Luxembourg-Shanghai. The nascent IT industry has boosted Chongqing airport’s international cargo volumes by 580 per cent year-on-year to 18,000 tonnes in the first four months of this year, according to Shao Jin, vice general manager of the Chongqing airport ground service company. Currently, 80 per cent of the outbound cargo consists of IT products. Jade Cargo and TNT were the first to open international cargo services from Chongqing to Europe in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Chongqing also has connections to Taipei and Guangzhou.