GERMAN express delivery giant DHL has expressed support for the proposed third runway at Hong Kong International Aiport(HKIA),saying it is crucial to meeting cargo needs and staying competitive.
Hong Kong airport cargo volume surpassed the then world-beating Memphis to become the world’s busiest air cargo hub because of soaring export volumes from China and the Pearl River Delta with the annual cargo volume soaring 23.1 per cent to 4.17 million tons.
“The ‘global shift’that has taken Hong Kong to the top will continue powered by growth in China.By 2030,according to the Airport Authority of Hong Kong,HKIA cargo volume will almost double to 8.9 million tons,”said DHL Asia Pacific chief Jerry Hsu.
Mr Hsu said the region is DHL’s fastest growing area and it saw throughput growing area and it saw throughput growing more than fivefold over the last 10 years since investing in the DHL Central Asia hub at HKIA in 2000.
Said DHL north Asia forwarding chief Kelvin Leung:“If HKIA is unable to open new destinations,expand flight frequencies or maintain schedules during bad weather or emergencies because it does not have enough runways,Hong Kong will suffer as logistics providers will reroute or rethink supply chains.”
Said Mr Hsu:“We’re further investing to leverage trade synergies in Hong Kong and the Greater China region where we’re awaiting the completion of our US$175 million north Asia Hub,set to open in 2012 at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport.”