DHL opens new Budapest express facilities
14 / 09 / 2017
DHL Express has opened new facilities at Budapest Airport as part of the €160m BUD:2020 Development Programme.
The new warehouse and office complexes offer automated sorting systems and a total land development area of more than 60,000 sq m.
DHL Express is the latest company to launch operations at the new facility. The express firm currently operates with two large and several smaller feeder aircraft on a daily basis: an Airbus A300-600F links Budapest with the express carrier’s European hub in Leipzig, while a Boeing 737F transports goods to Hungary from Brussels.
“DHL Express has already been present in Hungary for more than 25 years. The new lease agreement between Budapest Airport and DHL Express for another 15 years clearly reflects the commitment of Deutsche Post DHL Group to Hungary and the airport,” said Zoltán Bándli, managing director, DHL Express Hungary.
“The 6,000 sq m warehouse capacity will give DHL space to accommodate the volume growth of our business, with the new state-of-the-art sorting technology, which includes fully automatic shipment processing, allowing us to process more than 6,000 pieces per hour, which is three times our current capacity.
More than 600 employees will be based at the two new express complexes, which are located in the area next to Terminal 1.
The next freight phase of the BUD:2020 Development Programme will be the development of Cargo City next to Terminal 2, due to be completed in 2019.
The new facilities will provide centralised cargo operations, and expand the Hungarian hub’s cargo handling capacity to 250,000 tonnes per year.
“We are pleased to kick start a new era for cargo at Budapest Airport with the opening of our new express facilities,” said René Droese, director property and cargo, Budapest Airport.
“We have seen strong cargo growth during the last 18 months, and we look forward to further establishing Budapest Airport as the ideal location for air cargo distribution in Central Europe.”
Budapest Airport handled a record volume of 72,161 tonnes of air cargo from January to July 2017, an increase of 19.6 per cent on 2016.
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