Moscow-based subsidiary of the Volga Dnepr Group, AirBridgeCargo (ABC), is bolstering its footprint in Asia by increasing frequencies to its popular trans-Eurasian routes, including Narita (NRT), Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Shenzhen (SZX). As of the end of March, frequencies to each destination will now be eight, two and six per week, respectively.
“Based on the backdrop of healthy and stable growth of Asian countries, ABC will be able to boost export volumes, at the same time accumulating burgeoning import volumes,” said Sergey Lazarev, general director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
ABC said that e-commerce makes up the majority of airfreight moving out of Shenzhen, while its connection to Narita sees a significant amount of pharma and healthcare products onboard. Its Ho Chi Minh City route appeals to shippers moving mostly general cargo.
Shenzhen is the latest addition to ABC’s APAC (Asia-Pacific) stations, which the Russian carrier added to its network at the end of last year.
“Being one of the three airport hubs serving Pearl River Delta, Shenzhen complements our APAC online stations and offers our customers more options for delivery of their consignments,” said Alexey Zotov, commercial director of ABC.
The Pearl River Delta is the centerpiece of a cluster of highly populated metropolitan regions on the southeast coast of China. It also provides amenable trade laws, as it lies within a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Zotov also cited the airport’s plans to expand its cargo infrastructure and build a third runway as points of interest to the airline and its customers.
The carrier’s Asia network currently covers 11 other hubs, including Hanoi, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing and Zhengzhou.