The annual record of cargo volume is expected to be broken at the airport in Budapest, as this year already between January and November slightly more than 100 000 tons of air cargo was handled there. It is promising that this growth is due to not only a single airline or segment, as in addition to conventional cargo carriers the turnover of integrator companies as well as the volume of belly cargo (transported in the cargo compartment of passenger aircraft) is increasing steadily. After September and October – as it was expected before the Christmas season – the monthly volume of air cargo processed at the airport in November was way over 10 thousand tons (and almost climbed above 11 thousand tons), thereby setting the new record for the year.
Budapest Airport statistics have shown that the ratio of import and export volumes was balanced until last year, but this year export volumes have been increasing faster. It may be directly concluded from this that Hungarian companies are holding their ground in global competition. Significantly increased turnover has been produced primarily by the electronic industry, producers of automotive parts, telecommunication technologies, and the pharmaceutical industry. The annual rate of growth of total cargo volume flowing through Budapest (air cargo and road cargo combined) is also outstanding on the regional level: plus 21.5% versus the previous year.
The role of Budapest Airport as a regional cargo hub is more and more significant, as for instance some major Chinese corporations distribute their products headed for the European market via Ferenc Liszt International Airport. Budapest offers ideal conditions for this, as no less than 20 European countries can be reached within a 1000-km radius, the optimum for road transport and distribution of goods. Through the international route network of major cargo carriers, virtually all important commercial destinations around the globe can be reached from Budapest via e.g. Luxembourg, Doha, Dubai, or Istanbul.
“We are really proud of the rapid growth of air cargo volume reaching 16.4% this year, as this is a clear sign of good performance of the Hungarian economy,” said René Droese, property director of Budapest Airport responsible for cargo. He added, “The needs of increasingly robust cargo traffic will also be catered for by the two major logistics bases currently under construction next to Terminal 1 for DHL Express and TNT. Simultaneously, we started preparations of the development of a brand new air cargo center called Cargo City in the area next to Terminal 2, since it is expected that additional and more modern cargo handling capacities will be required in Budapest within a short time.”