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March 6, 2017

Hungary’s Budapest Airport handles record growth in air cargo traffic in January 2017

Hungary’s Budapest Airport has recorded a 27% growth in air cargo traffic in January, compared to the same month last year.

By Lopamudra Roy

Hungary’s Budapest Airport has recorded a 27% growth in air cargo traffic in January, compared to the same month last year.

Though January is usually the quietest period of the year for freight, the airport handled 6,487t of cargo in the month, compared to 5,114t in January 2016.

The increase is said to be due to the strong performances of the Hungarian processing industry and Qatar Airways Cargo, as well as the export of high value-added goods, such as pharmaceuticals, electronics and vehicle parts.

Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers said: “Cargo airlines play an important role in channelling the mainstays of the Hungarian economy, such as pharmaceuticals, telecommunication and information technology (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.”

“This year, Budapest Airport’s objective is to further expand its network and to enable our partners to increase their cargo capacities in Budapest."

The Hungarian airport has begun preparatory works to construct its new Cargo City facility, which when operational will handle the flights of cargo airlines, including Turkish Airlines Cargo, Cargolux and Qatar Airways Cargo, in addition to freight from passenger airlines.

Qatar Airways chief cargo officer Ulrich Ogiermann said: “Through our three times weekly 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.”

Additionally, two new integrator logistics buildings are being constructed over a total area of more than 16,000m² at Budapest Airport, with a completion date slated for summer this year.


Image: Qatar Airways Cargo has contributed to the increase in air cargo traffic at Hungary's Budapest Airport in January. Photo: courtesy of Budapest Airport.

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