The completely new Airbus A330-200F of Qatar Airways with a payload of 62-68 tons is a unique opportunity for Hungarian industries to reach out to customers globally through the international network of Qatar Cargo. The cargo plane will fly from Budapest to Prague en route to Doha.
The direct aerial connection between Hungary and Qatar provides an important commercial link between the CEE region and the Persian Gulf, and, through Doha, via Qatar Airways’ extensive route network, towards Southeast Asia and Australia as well. The commencement of air cargo services is a significant development both for industry and for export and import traffic in Hungary and the region, since transporting goods to the most rapidly developing regions of the world will now be easier and quicker.
“It is a great honor that Qatar Airways Cargo has launched a flight between Qatar and Hungary, and we are certain this new service will give a huge boost to our cargo development” said René Droese, Property Director of Budapest Airport, upon the arrival of the first flight. “We are delighted that another important commercial connection has been established between Budapest and the Persian Gulf region,” he added.
Last year, Budapest Airport handled 5800 cargo flights and 91 500 tons of goods. The 6.4% increase in air cargo volume from the 2014 level last year was an outstanding achievement in the European market. Budapest Airport serves the robust Hungarian electronic, fine machinery, automotive, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries with its increasing international connectivity for these export-oriented businesses.