Budapest airport 2018 cargo volumes leap 14.9pc to 146,113 tonnes
BUDAPEST's Ferenc Liszt International Airport returned another record year with cargo volumes increasing 14
BUDAPEST's Ferenc Liszt International Airport returned another record year with cargo volumes increasing 14.9 per cent in 2018 to 146,113 tonnes, reports the Budapest Business Journal.
'The big European cargo airports are overloaded, it is difficult to obtain new slots for cargo aircraft and it is quite difficult to expand there; lately there is a notable slowdown due to different factors in the cargo market,' said airport spokesman Mihaly Hardy.
Over the past three years, cargo growth in Budapest has raced ahead by double digits with ample room for expansion, he said.
'We are focusing all our efforts to make good use of the ideal conditions in Budapest and turn Liszt Ferenc International Airport into a major cargo logistics hub of the Central and Eastern European region,' said airport cargo chief Rene Droese.
'During the summer, long-haul passenger flights will connect with Toronto, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dubai, Doha, Beijing and Shanghai,' Mr Hardy said, adding that more than half these destinations will enjoy daily service.
Work is progressing on BUD Cargo City, a 20,000-square metre warehouse complex, and an additional 10,000-square metre forwarder centre. As of 2020, belly-cargo containers will directly go to BUD Cargo City, near the passenger operations of Terminal 2.