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02 / 09 / 2020

China's Changsha opens air freight route to New York

Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province, on Friday opened its first regular air route for e-commerce cargo linking New York City in the United States.

The first flight on the route, carrying garments and other goods traded on e-commerce platforms, took off from the Changsha Huanghua International Airport on Friday afternoon.

Two cargo flights will operate on the route every week, according to the municipal government of Changsha.

Changsha lies at the central point of China's transportation network. Customs data shows the city's trade volume through cross-border e-commerce surged 651.4 percent year on year from January to July.

Amid the global economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19, China's foreign trade sector has delivered better-than-expected performance so far this year, boosted by a boom in cross-border e-commerce.