Leipzig/Halle Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport have agreed to work together to develop new cargo routes and expand existing lanes between Europe and Asia. The united airports will first focus on services to Eastern Chinese cities near the Yangtse Delta, according to a joint press release.
Officials at the airports will also jointly develop new markets and unite in their quest to nab new customers, exchanging information and personnel when needed. Representatives from Mitteldeutsche Flughaen AG — Leipzig/Halle’s parent company — and the Shanghai Airport Authority signed the agreement during the transport logistic China exhibition in Shanghai.
“The future belongs to those airports that are involved in actively developing unified standards for making information available to the benefit of customers and anchoring these standards in a high-quality management system,” Markus Kopp, Mitteldeutsche’s CEO, said in a statement. “This further cooperation arrangement with the Chinese target market will not only open up new horizons for customer acquisition for Leipzig/Halle Airport, but also trigger additional growth incentives.”
During the first quarter, Leipzig/Halle experienced a 14-percent, year-over-year, rise in cargo activity. Year-over-year numbers for April showed a 13.7-percent volume increase.