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Huahu Airport starts operations as Asia’s first professional freight hub

Ezhou Huahu Airport
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China’s Huahu Airport, located in Hubei’s Ezhou City, has started operation as Asia’s first and world’s 4th professional freight hub on 17th July. Passengers as well as cargo departing from the Airport shall reach around the country overnight, and to other parts of the world in two days. Though only passenger service has been initiated at the Airport, cargo services are scheduled to start later this year in November.

Ezhou Huahu Airport is positioned as a freight hub, passenger transport branch line, public platform and cargo navigation base. The Airport has been developed over a period of 8 years and 30.842 billion yuan has been invested in the project altogether. The project package consists of three parts: the airport project, the transshipment center & SF airlines base project, and the oil supply project.

Ezhou Huahu Airport has been designed to handle 1 million passenger visits and 2.45 million tons cargo and mail throughput in 2025. The runways are 3,600 meters long and 45 meters wide, with a runway spacing of 1,900 meters. A freight transport transit centre with an area of nearly 700,000 sq. mt., a terminal building with an area of 15,000 sq. mt. and 124 stations will also be built, which can match the Memphis International Airport in the United States.

According to the Hubei International Logistics Airport Co. Ltd., the 1.5-hour flight circle can cover 90% of China’s economic aggregate and 80% of the population. Huahu Airport will open seven routes and nine destinations from Ezhou to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Kunming in the initial stage of passenger transport.

For cargo transport, the airport will open domestic services first and then international services. Two routes from Ezhou to Shenzhen and Shanghai will be opened in the first phase. After the international cargo transport function is fully in operation, international cargo routes to destinations such as Osaka and Frankfurt will be opened. The airport will gradually grow into a world-class aviation freight transport hub, and strive to build a new logistics highland in China and even the Asia-Pacific region.

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