On October 27, with the landing of flight 3v875 at Qingdao International Airport, the regular route between Qingdao and Belgium Liege freighter was officially opened. This is the first regular all cargo flight from Qingdao to Tokyo in Japan and from Qingdao to Chicago in the United States. It has realized the coverage of direct air cargo flights from Qingdao to Europe, America and Asia, and will comprehensively improve the timeliness and convenience of high value-added import and export trade flow in the local and surrounding areas.
Since this year, due to the impact of the epidemic, the capacity of international air passenger transport market has declined significantly. Under the strong leadership of the municipal Party committee and the municipal government, Qingdao airport group took various measures to seize the development opportunity of "passenger to cargo" and cooperated with domestic and foreign airlines to open a number of "passenger to cargo" international freight routes to Bournemouth, Brussels, Montreal, Toronto and Dubai. By the end of September 2020, Qingdao airport has guaranteed more than 1500 passenger to cargo flights and transported more than 16500 tons of cargo.
If the "passenger to cargo" international freight route is a temporary response to the situation, the opening of the Qingdao Belgium Liege all cargo route is a landmark measure for the recovery of transport capacity. The route is operated by ASL airlines of Belgium. The aircraft type is 747-400 full cargo aircraft, and the loading capacity is 110 tons in one way. At present, it is planned to operate about 3 shifts a week. The main export products are high-value cross-border e-commerce goods, clothing and accessories, while the imports are mainly e-commerce goods, machinery and equipment. The opening of this route will effectively enhance the logistics capacity of Qingdao airport and meet the aviation logistics demand from local and surrounding areas to Europe.
Source: Qingdao daily