Two Dutch airlines have won increased cargo access to China. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has been allowed additional frequencies for its services to Beijing and Shanghai and gained access to an additional six cities. It will now operate a daily combi service – part passengers and part freight – between Amsterdam and Beijing and 10 services a week to Shanghai, of which three will be freighter services.
Meanwhile, cargo carrier Martinair has been granted 10 weekly frequencies to Nanjing, Kunming, Tianjin and Shenzhen, in addition to being granted 'fifth-freedom' access to Nanjing. Earlier in October, Qantas Airways, Australia's largest airline, became the first carrier to gain fifth-freedom rights, which allows for the picking up and dropping off of cargo and passengers in China on the way to other destinations.