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FedEx Asia cargo hub's handling area construction complete


THE building of the cargo handling hub of express giant FedEx at Guangzhou's Baiyun Airport was recently completed, Logistics Week reported.

The hub comes in two parts, the cargo handling area and the runway. When both are completed, and pass inspection by year's end, the entire facility will be fully operational.

The facility will be able to handle 125,000 parcels a day and is equipped with 30 parking bays, and can accommodate the world's largest aircraft, the Airbus 380.

The two-storey sorting centre is said to be one of the most advanced in Asia and able to handle 25,000 pieces of luggage a day. Sixteen high-speed luggage sorting lines have already been installed.

After the hub becomes operational, mail within the Asian region can be delivered in the same day while those bound for overseas centres can be delivered the next day. Before the hub was set up, it took at least three days, and perhaps as many as five, to deliver and mail to the US.

The hub's runway 200 metres east of the Baiyun Airport eastern runway is 3,950-metres long and 60 metres wide.

Baiyun Airport's third runway project, to be built 400 metres east of the airport's east runway, is awaiting approval from authorities to commence construction. The runway will be mainly used by FedEx's freighters, but as freighters mostly use it at night, it will also be used by passenger aircraft during the day.

The hub is FedEx's largest base outside the US. When fully operational, there will be 150 cargo flights a week, bringing in 600,000 to 800,000 tonnes of cargo. The hub will also create 66,000 jobs.

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