Part of the deal involves Hongyuan Group upscaling its presence at Brussels Airport by opening a new 8,000 square-metre facility, as well as selecting the hub as its European headquarters.
Hongyuan said in a statement: 'Hongyuan has seen a rapid growth in its air cargo operations in Europe, and with the successful development of the 'Air Silk Road' between China and Belgium, it became necessary to expand their infrastructure and find a new strategic location, which it found at Brussels Airport. Hongyuan is the first Chinese logistic player deploying a European logistical footprint at Brussels Airport to take their logistical services to a higher level.'
Cling Guo, director of Hongyuan Group Europe, commented: 'We chose Brussels Airport as our new European headquarters as it is truly the strategic gateway to Europe. Now we can increase our operations, together with our partners at Brussels Airport. We have the ambition to become a key partner in the world of logistics around Brussels Airport. In the future, we want to gradually open additional international freight routes such as Europe, America and Southeast Asia and increase export business to China.'
Arnaud Feist, chief executive of Brussels Airport, added: 'After the successful start-up of their operations at Brussels Airport in the past year, we are pleased to welcome Hongyuan Group in their new warehouse at our airport and to anchor our partnership with this Memorandum of Understanding. Being part of the Hongyuan network strengthens/from our role as the gateway to Europe for their Chinese and European clients. We are looking forward to a fruitful and long-term collaboration.'
Hongyuan has had a site at Brussels Airport since October 2020, chartering flights with multiple airlines and it plans to launch its own airline in 2022.