New air route to ease China / Europe delays

As the number of flights between China and Europe continues to grow, a new route will help increase capacity. Photo credit – Pixabay

New air route to ease China / Europe delays

Authorities in China and South Korea have agreed to double capacity on a key air route that’s used for airlines that connect Chinese and European passengers.

At present, the route from Seoul to Northern China is used by as many as 400 flights everyday.

However, it runs in only one direction.

The agreement means that traffic will run both ways on the link.

Air routes are not the only transport links between China and Europe that are receiving an upgrade.

Investment in the rail infrastructure of Belarus as part of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative has been credited with helping to east congestion on key freight routes between Europe and China.

Apparently, the network of tracks across Belarus has received a boost of more than $2.5 billion since 2010.

With the upgrade in place, plans are afoot to double the freight traffic through the country between now and 2020.

The news comes less than a fortnight after reports that a Chinese infrastructure provider had called for new rail corridors in Europe to help provide capacity for freight services to China.

That’s according to specialist publication JOC.com, who reported on comments made by David Smrkovsky, who is the head of logistics firm JUSDA:

”There are current bottlenecks that include trains having to wait up to five days at the gateway of Malazewitch in Poland, or three days in Manzouhli in Mongolia, but this is strictly a question of infrastructure upgrades.”

The suggestion came as congestion on the primary rail routes between China and Europe is starting to slow journey times, particularly between Belarus and Poland.

JOC reports that the average journey from China to Germany in 2014 took 11 days – that figure is now 17 days.

Ten years ago, there were no direct train services linking Chinese and European cities. Now, there are 34 cities in Europe and 35 in China linked by such routes.

Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid