At 8:30 in the morning of February 21, a cargo aircraft of Silk Way West Airlines from Baku was unloading and loading at No.34 position at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport. The blue SILKWAY on the white fuselage gleamed in the sun. "I have full confidence in Zhengzhou and China that you will overcome this difficulty." Mr. Ahmadov, the captain, told the reporters on the apron. "China and Azerbaijan enjoy good relations and we will do everything in our power to help. Jiayou, China!"
The aircraft, loaded with dozens of tons of supplies from Europe, was another flight of the company to operate normally during the outbreak. Before the flight took off, President Wolfgang Meier said in a video sent to Henan Province Airport Group: Silk Way West Airlines has seen Zhengzhou become one of the largest freight centers in the world. During this difficult period, our relationship with Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport has become even closer because we firmly believe that the outbreak will soon be brought under control through the efforts of the Chinese government and the government of Henan Province. So not only will we not be grounded during this difficult time, but we will continue to actively support Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport and its staff to help it further grow and establish itself as a world-class air cargo hub.
Since the outbreak began this year, there have been a number of well-known domestic and international cargo airlines, like Silk Way West Airlines, that have continued their intercontinental cargo routes.
On February 14, in order to meet the urgent needs of the current economic and social development and the fight against the epidemic, Cargolux Airlines International resumed operations urgently. It still used Boeing 747-8F to fly along Zhengzhou-Luxembourg "Air Silk Road", with a capacity of up to 150 tons per shift. The aircrafts shuttling along the Zhengzhou-Luxembourg "Air Silk Road" brought back urgently needed medical supplies and materials such as auto parts and electronic components needed for the resumption of production for domestic manufacturers and trading enterprises, and also sold products of Henan and its surrounding enterprises to Europe to guarantee the normal operation.
Richard Forson, President of Cargolux Airlines International, said: "Henan is an important market for Cargolux Airlines International routes and operations, and the largest hub for Cargolux Airlines International in mainland China. Cargolux Airlines International is ready to ship Chinese goods around the world." The next step, he said, would be to add flights to China to deliver medical supplies, with three scheduled flights this week and nine next week to further improve the coverage of the route network. Also, Cargolux Airlines International would continue to provide free transport for European and Chinese agencies to help China fight the outbreak.
According to statistics, since the outbreak of the epidemic, Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport has handled 11,000 tons cargos, and a total of 10 domestic and overseas cargo airlines have been operating normally in Zhengzhou, including 6 foreign cargo airlines. Air freighters have transported a total of 7,011 tons of cargos, 1,200 tons of emergency relief materials and 900 tons of international express mail, up 9% year on year. The goods covering express mail, electronic products, daily necessities, protective clothing, masks and other epidemic prevention materials imported from Europe, America and Asia have been quickly distributed to the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River Delta and the worst-hit areas. With the advantage of the Air Silk Road, Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport has become the main force of international aviation logistics connecting the central region to the rest of the world, and has shown its influence in the global air cargo market.
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