In­ter­na­tional air lo­gis­tics cen­ter on hori­zon

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMER­ICA - By SHI BAOYIN shibaoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Zhengzhou in He­nan prov­ince has mapped out an am­bi­tious plan to be­come an in­ter­na­tional air lo­gis­tics cen­ter us­ing its air­port eco­nomic area.

The State Coun­cil ap­proved construction on the Zhengzhou Com­pre­hen­sive Ex­per­i­men­tal Zone for Air­port-based Econ­omy in March last year.

The area around the air­port in the in­land city has un­der­gone huge changes dur­ing the past year.

The Zhengzhou air­port now has 23 cargo flight routes, 90 per­cent of all the routes in Cen­tral China.

It is the only air­port that is qual­i­fied to op­er­ate in­ter­na­tional ex­press ser­vices in the re­gion. Pack­ages from Zhengzhou can be re­ceived the next day in 13 in­ter­na­tional cities

We will go all out to build a trans­porta­tion hub with the air­port at the cen­ter.” ZHANG YAN­MING AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TIVE COM­MIT­TEE DI­REC­TOR

in­clud­ing New York, Moscow and Lon­don.

Cargo flight routes to Europe have been de­vel­op­ing very fast due to the huge de­mand around the coun­try. Cargo from the Pearl River and Yangtze River deltas, the area around Bo­hai Sea and North­east China are now de­liv­ered to ma­jor cities in Europe each day.

Sens­ing the area’s enor­mous growth po­ten­tial as a lo­gis­tic cen­ter, a large num­ber of com­pa­nies have set­tled in the ex­per­i­men­tal zone.

So far, there have been 48 ma­jor projects with a to­tal in­vest­ment of 151.6 bil­lion yuan ($24.7 bil­lion) in the area.

The zone has also beefed up in­fra­struc­ture to boost fu­ture growth, said Zhang Yan­ming, di­rec­tor of the ad­min­is­tra­tive com­mit­tee of the ex­per­i­men­tal zone.

“We will go all out to build a trans­porta­tion hub with the air­port at the cen­ter,” he said. “Our goal is to es­tab­lish a cargo flight net­work that cov­ers all the ma­jor port cities in the world within a short time.”

Construction of the sec­ond phase of the air­port is pro­ceed­ing smoothly. Ter­mi­nal 2 and its sup­port­ing fa­cil­i­ties are high on this year’s agenda, he said. The ter­mi­nal is ex­pected to be put into use by 2017.

And six more in­ter­na­tional cargo flight routes are in the pipe­line this year, he said.

Mean­while, a com­pre­hen­sive trans­porta­tion net­work con­nect­ing the air­port with rail­ways and high­ways has taken shape.

Zhang said the com­mit­tee has in­vited five for­eign and one do­mes­tic com­pany to help draw up the mas­ter­plan for the zone, which cov­ers 415 square kilo­me­ters.

The goal is to at­tract world-class com­pa­nies to set up branches in the area, mak­ing it an in­ter­na­tional avi­a­tion lo­gis­tic cen­ter.

The zone has set its GDP growth tar­get at more than 30 per­cent this year, while its gross in­dus­trial out­put value is ex­pected to reach 200 bil­lion yuan. Its fixed-as­set in­vest­ment is ex­pected to dou­ble the pre­vi­ous year.

GUO YU / FOR CHINA DAILY

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the He­nan pro­vin­cial govern­ment and China Eastern Air Group sign an agree­ment on air trans­port.

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