An important new cargo link between Northern Europe and China has been launched by AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) with its latest route from Hannover Airport in Germany to Beijing via Moscow.
The new weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter service will primarily transport engineering and automotive parts from the industrial region in North Germany to the Far East. The global logistics company Kühne + Nagel will be the main customer for the new ABC operation.
“The new connection underlines the growing significance of Hannover Airport on the cargo and logistics map. Hannover Airport is an ideal location with its unrestricted operating permit – 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says State Economics Secretary Dr. Oliver Liersch. “It is also the only airport in North Germany which has a catchment area stretching from the Baltic to France on account of its excellent infrastructure links,” he added.
Dr. Raoul Hille, Managing Director of Hannover Airport, said: “The Asia-Pacific market in particular has a strong interest in direct flights to North Germany, Northern and North-Eastern Europe. There is significant savings potential for the logistics sector on account of the shorter operating times on the ground and therefore lower motorway charges and fuel costs. We are also making a strategic contribution to cut carbon dioxide emissions as part of the move away from fossil fuels by deliberately shortening the feeder services.”
“We can include North Germany, Northern and North East Europe in the global distribution of goods in the best possible way through our central hub in Moscow. We have also recently opened new bases in Asia at Chengdu and Zhengzhou in addition to Beijing,” says Ludwig Hamburger, Vice President and Regional Director EMEA, AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
Klaus Jäger, a member of the management team at Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG, Central European Air Freight, added: “We are establishing an excellent door-to-door product with this route. The launch of the regular cargo link between Hannover and Beijing is an important sign for all the logistics companies in the region that freight traffic is becoming more important at Hannover Airport – not only from a European point of view but also across Asia.”
The aim is to consistently expand the Hannover catchment area in light of the forecast growth in goods traffic between China and Europe over the next few years. Logistics companies will particularly benefit from this.
The airport subsidiaries Aviation Ground Services Hannover GmbH and AirCargo Services Hannover GmbH are providing the ground and freight handling services for ABC.