Etihad Cargo ramps up cargo capacity for China
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, further enhanced its freighter network with the addition of a weekly freighter service to the Chinese port city of Guangzhou, bringing to 10 per week its flights to mainland China.
Etihad Cargo said its new freighter route to Guangzhou comes in response to increased demand for cargo capacity for China and bolsters its existing freighter network to the country.
“With the introduction of a new freighter service between our Abu Dhabi hub and Guangzhou, combined with increased frequencies across China via Etihad Cargo’s freighter services and the airline’s passenger flights, customers and partners benefit from increased cargo capacity. Expanding the carrier’s reach into the Chinese market not only meets the increased demand for cargo capacity in this region but will also further strengthen ties between the UAE and China, providing more opportunities for increased collaboration between the two countries,” said Leonard Rodrigues, Head of Revenue Management, Fleet and Network at Etihad Cargo.
The Head of Marketing Department of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport described the move as a “significant milestone” since the launch of the Abu Dhabi-Guangzhou passenger flight route in October last year that facilitated recovery for its market.
“The introduction of this all-cargo scheduled flight route will further enhance trade and logistics development between Guangzhou and Abu Dhabi International Airport, while strengthening connectivity between the Middle East, China, and other Belt and Road Initiative economies. We eagerly anticipate a brighter future as we continue to work closely with Etihad Airways,” the official said.
In recent months, Etihad Cargo has continued to add depth to its Asian network, launching a fourth Chinese gateway via the weekly freighter service to the Hubei Province of China.
Etihad Cargo’s inaugural flight to Ezhou Huahu Airport on 18 August, made it the first international carrier to operate flights to China’s first professional cargo airport. The carrier also offers eight weekly freighter flights to Shanghai.
Complementing Etihad Cargo’s expanding freighter network is its belly capacity for China via 10 passenger flights per week to Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai. Via its growing road feeder services network in China, Etihad Cargo also offers customers and partners access to 25 domestic mainland Chinese destinations, providing seamless connectivity across the Chinese market.