From a Village to a Global Logistics Hub
The peaceful Zoumacun Village, located in Echeng District of Ezhou, Hubei, suddenly was abuzz with noise and excitement, for an international logistics hub project ( hereinafter referred to as “the Hub”) was launched here, unveiling China’s endeavor to build the world’s No. 4 and Asia’s No.1 air logistics hub.
The Hub mainly covers such projects as the construction of an airport and its auxiliary infrastructure, the SF Transshipment Center and the SF Air Base. Currently, the projects under construction include the following eight items: the Placement Community in Hangkong Dushi District of Ezhou, a comprehensive treatment project for the river system of the Lake of Flower, a reconfiguration project for Zouma Lake, a municipal sewage project in Hangkong Dushi District, a radio detection station for free airspace, the storage yard for earth and stone at the construction site, the auxiliary electric power for the airport, and the express way to the airport. The total investment amounts to 18 billion yuan.
Freight-oriented, the Hub will minor in passenger transportation and plan to attract more airlines. The freight service is mainly intended to meet the transshipment need of the air express, while integrating traditional air freight services. It will constitute the dual- hub of passenger and freight transport together with Wuhan Tianhe Airport, radiating the city circle of Wuhan. The passenger service will include sightseeing, family visits, official business and commercial activities of Ezhou and the neighboring areas; it will also play a subsidiary role in relief work, emergency rescue, and general aviation. It’s estimated that, by 2015, the total cargo and passenger throughput will reach 2.452million tons and 1million persons respectively.
As a state- planned project, Hubei Provincial Government has signed an agreement with SF Holdings to set up Hubei International Logistics Airport Co. Ltd. to co- run Ezhou Airport, the first professional freight airport in Asia. .
It represents the real work in strengthening the transportation potentials in China, optimizing the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative and the development of the Yangtze River Economic Zone. Moreover, it is of great significance for developing inland free trade zones, accelerating the open-oriented economic systems, perfecting modern integrated transportation systems and promoting the upgrading of industrial structures.
Asathoroughfaretonineprovinces,Hubeiisengagedinfacilitatinganewlogisticscorridor,in ordertomakefulluseoftheopportunitiesbroughtaboutbytheSilkandBeltInitiativeandthe YangtzeRiverEconomicZone.Wuhan,thecapitalofHubeiProvince,isnowboldenoughto emergeitselfasafreightdistributioncenterbothathomeandabroad.