Chengdu, 11 April 2018 Press release

First train from China to Austria

Foreign Minster Karin Kneissl: "The network between Asia and Europe has been further expanded"

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on the occasion of the departure of the first train bound for Vienna from Chengdu in China, 11 April 2018

The annual growth rates of up to 40 per cent in the Eurasian corridor are truly remarkable. Rail transport to and from Asia via the New Silk Road is experiencing a particular boom, as Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl observed, marking the departure of the first train bound for Vienna from Chengdu in China.

This route is helping the ÖBB to strengthen its network on the New Silk Road between Asia and Europe,

Foreign Minister Kneissl said.

The aim is to generate more orders so as to utilise more of the capacity of the trains on the route between western China and Europe. The ÖBB is using this partnership to position itself within China’s most important rail hub.
Karin Kneissl noted that Chengdu is the capital city of the Chinese province of Sichuan and a major rail hub within China.

 

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