Shenzhen Bao’an increases flights to Riyadh
The Chinese airport, Shenzhen Bao’an International, handled a total of 93,000 tonnes of cross-border e-commerce traffic between January and July—up by 101 per cent year-over-year— thanks in part to the addition last year of a Boeing 777 freighter flight, jointly operated by Central Airlines and e-commerce logistics firm YunExpress. Their Shenzhen-Riyadh route will increase from one to two flights per week. “The weekly outbound transportation capacity from Shenzhen Airport to Paris, France and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will be increased to 600 tonnes and 200 tonnes, respectively, carrying various cross-border e-commerce goods from Shenzhen, building an efficient and smooth air passage for Shenzhen cross-border e-commerce enterprises to expand into the European and Middle Eastern markets,” the airport said. Shenzhen-based Central Airlines operates six freighters on five routes: Shenzhen to Riyadh, Clark (Philippines), Davao (Philippines), Jakarta and Paris. The growth in e-commerce volumes follows a focus on the traffic at the airport. Since the beginning of this year, Shenzhen Airport has seen the addition of five new international freighter routes and increased the frequency of five existing services. The airport said seven of these additions are cross-border e-commerce routes—from Shenzhen to Paris, Liege, Sao Paulo, London, Davao, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh.