Yesterday, Sunan Shuofang International Airport (WUX) announced it will extend its apron at the airport to attract more flights and expand its cargo network. The apron expansion project is expected to begin this month and will increase the number of aircraft parking positions at the airport from the currently available 24 to 32.
Located in the city of Wuxi within China’s southeastern Jiangsu province, WUX serves both the cities of Wuxi and Suzhou, and is co-owned by the governments of Wuxi, Suzhou and Jiangsu province. The airport currently hosts eight air cargo carriers – five domestic and three international – including domestic carriers SF Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines, as well as Taiwanese carrier China Airlines.
In February, WUX handled over 7,500 tonnes of cargo, marking an 11.2 percent increase compared to the same period for 2018, according to the airport. Much of the cargo moving through the airport was of domestic, from provinces in East China and Central China including Zhejiang, Anhui, Sichuan, Chongqing, Jiangsu, Henan and Shanghai. The cargo comprised predominantly of electronic and computer equipment, medical equipment, machinery parts and e-commerce orders. This year, WUX aims to achieve an annual target of 140,000 tonnes of cargo throughput.
WUX’s cargo logistics manager stated in the press release that the airport is currently assessing the needs of the market in southern Jiangsu in order to better understand air cargo demand, while strengthening contacts with businesses, manufacturers and express delivery companies in the region. Over the course of 2019, the airport aims to expand its cargo network to include more flights to southwestern China and to Hong Kong, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur.
In conjunction with its development plans, the airport is actively promoting itself as a competitive alternative to airports in the surrounding region, and said it offers efficient operations, low cost and good relationships with regional businesses other airports may lack.
With the number of airports in China projected to double by 2035, WUX is clearly joining the ranks of Chinese airports positioning themselves to gain a competitive edge in China’s booming airfreight market.