The cargo boom continued at the beginning of the year at Budapest Airport. Whilst arriving and departing cargo traffic totaled 5114 tons last January, it was no less than 6487 tons last month. This amounts to 26.8% growth, taking only air cargo into account, and 37.6% with road freight traffic also included. The underlying factors include the strong performance of the Hungarian processing industry and exports of high value-added goods, such as electronics, pharmaceuticals and vehicle parts.
Meanwhile, the construction of two new integrator buildings is in full swing at Budapest Airport, with the complex due to be handed over this summer. The total area of the two new logistics bases exceeds 16,000 square meters. Integrator companies represent a significant and growing segment of cargo traffic, with several flights a day. DHL Express, for example, currently operates with two large and several smaller, feeder aircraft on a daily basis; an Airbus A300-600F links Budapest with the company’s European hub in Leipzig, whilst a Boeing 737 transports goods to Hungary from Brussels.
Budapest Airport has also commenced preparatory works for the Cargo City, a dedicated facility planned to be constructed near Terminal 2, which will handle the flights of cargo airlines, such as Cargolux, Turkish Cargo and Qatar Airways Cargo, as well as belly cargo from airliners. The performance of Qatar Airways Cargo greatly contributed to the record growth in air cargo traffic in January 2017.
“The award for most dynamically developing cargo airline, bestowed on Qatar Airways Cargo at Budapest Airport’s annual award gala, is, to a large extent, recognition of this performance and the dynamic growth seen throughout the year,” said Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport. He added: “Cargo airlines play an important role in channeling the mainstays of the Hungarian economy, such as pharmaceuticals, telecommunication and IT products, into the circulation of the world economy. This year, Budapest Airport’s objective is to further expand its network, and to enable our partners to increase their cargo capacities in Budapest.”
Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways said, “We are delighted to be awarded the Best Developing Cargo Airline for 2016 and grateful for our customers’ immense support as we continue to grow our business in the region by offering our best products, solutions and services. Through our thrice weekly Airbus A330 freighters operating to and from Budapest airport, we connect export businesses in Hungary, Central and Eastern European regions to our global network of over 150 destinations via our state-of-the-art Doha hub.”