A new freight route was opened on Sunday between Wuhan in central China with Luxembourg.
A Boeing 747-400 cargo aircraft, operated by Uni-top Airlines, departed from Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, at 2:46 a.m. Sunday. It is operated between the two cities every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
The plane was loaded with electronic components, auto parts, and garments. Its maximum capacity is 110 tonnes.
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport already has freight links with Chicago, Incheon of the Republic of Korea and Liege, Belgium.
The airport said it hopes the new route will help boost e-commerce between Hubei and Europe. It aims for more routes to the Belt and Road countries.
“The opening of the Luxembourg – Wuhan and Liege – Wuhan air cargo routes will help Europe and China to share the benefits of the “Belt & Road” Initiative, which will meet the fast-growing logistics demands between Europe and Central China,” the airline said.
The Belgian airport has been enjoying a boom in all-cargo demand over recent months as some of Europe’s major hubs face slot shortages and congestion issue.