China’s Yuantong Airline Launches Kunming-Karachi Air Cargo Route

A new air freight route was launched on Monday linking Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan Province, and Karachi, according to Kunming Changshui International Airport.

The all-cargo air route is operated by China’s YTO Express every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, mainly delivering cross-border e-commerce cargo.

It is the first international all-cargo air route launched by Yunnan Airport Group since the China (Yunnan) Pilot Free Trade Zone was established in August.

The newly launched Pak-China air freight route would play an important role in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as an efficient and convenient logistics channel for economic and trade exchanges between the two countries, according to the airport.

The group has 11 air freight routes linking the city with China’s coastal cities, India, Nepal, Vietnam, and other countries.

Karachi, as an industrial, commercial, trade and financial center, is Pakistan’s largest city and the national railway and aviation network center. Its superior geographical position makes it a major transportation link connecting Europe, Asia, and Africa.

China and Pakistan have cooperated in various fields over the years. The two countries are now steadily advancing the construction of CPEC.

In recent years, Yunnan Airport Group has fully implemented the requirements of the “Kunming International Aviation Hub Strategic Plan” jointly issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the Yunnan Provincial People’s Government, aimed at building an international freight hub for South Asia and Southeast Asia, and comprehensively improving the freight route network.

In the next step, Yunnan Airport Group would continue to promote the development strategy of passenger-cargo and other cargo, actively explore the air cargo market, and open domestic and international cargo routes to build Kunming Airport.

It has become a Southeast Asian aviation logistics distribution center and a cross-border logistics center.