Etihad Cargo expands Chinese network with introduction of fourth gateway destination

Published: Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of EtihadAirways, has added a fourth gateway destination to its Chinese network with the introductionof weekly flights to Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in the Hubei province of China. Theinaugural flight arrived in the Hubei Province on 29 April.

The airline currently offers five passenger flights to Shanghai, Beijing Daxing andGuangzhou each week. With the commencement of two weekly freighter services betweenAbu Dhabi and Wuhan, Etihad Cargo will operate a total of 10 freighter services to China,offering an additional 100 tons of cargo capacity into the Hubei Province each week.

Thisbrings the carrier’s total cargo capacity for China to 1,000 tons per week, including 850tons of cargo capacity for Shanghai offered via eight weekly freighter services and twopassenger flights.

The new flights between Abu Dhabi and Wuhan will give Etihad Cargo’s partners andcustomers greater accessibility to 25 domestic Chinese destinations, including Shenzhen,Dongguan, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Nanjing, via SF Airlines' road feeder service truckingnetwork, further enhancing Etihad Cargo’s connectivity and capabilities in the region.

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President – Global Sales & Cargo, said: “The addition of Wuhan toEtihad Cargo’s Chinese network is the latest step in enhancing the carrier’s capabilities inthe region. These flights will provide greater connectivity, market access and cargo capacityfor Etihad Cargo’s customers, further strengthening the relationship between the UAE andChina and positioning Abu Dhabi as a global logistics and express hub.”

Wuhan is the fourth Mainland Chinese destination to be added to Etihad Cargo’s network.The carrier will be increasing frequencies to China in the coming months to add further depthto its network and meet increasing capacity demands from customers in the UAE and China.