June 16, 2015: China Southern Cargo will become the latest major carrier to join Stansted Airport's global cargo network when it begins a new service to Guangzhou later this week (June 20).
The airline will operate two flights a week, rising to three a week later this year, to Stansted from China's third largest city, using a Boeing 777-200 freighter. The service will be the only direct freighter link between the UK and China and the airport's first scheduled cargo link to Guangzhou.
Andrew Harrison, London Stansted Airport's Managing Director, welcomed the news and said it would give the UK and businesses in the eastern region in particular, new direct access to Chinese markets.
"We are delighted China Southern Cargo has selected Stansted as the base for its new UK service. It clearly demonstrates the returning confidence in trade between the two countries and is great news for businesses across UK, and in particular the eastern region looking to access the Chinese market. This is the culmination of several years of working with the airline and their partners to ensure we deliver this new service."
Ahead of the launch, Zhao Fengsheng, senior vice president Cargo China Southern said:
"It is an important milestone for China Southern cargo to launch this new freighter service from our hub in Guangzhou, China, to Stansted. We are excited by entering this growing market, with an aim to serve customer needs and strengthen the economic ties between our two countries. By working closely with Stansted Airport and our business partners, we have the confidence to make this operation a great success."
More than 230,000 tonnes of freight is shipped annually on more than 11,000 cargo flights to over 200 countries from Stansted.