Cargo demand increases at LEJ as it continues fight against Covid

Image source: Flughafen LeipzigHalle GmbH, Kathrin Falke

Cargo volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) have steadily increased this year, as it continues to support the global fight against Covid-19.

The hub processed 133,873 tonnes of cargo in July this year — a 9.1 % increase on the same month a year earlier.

Year-to-date, LEJ has handled 899,682 tonnes — 18.9% higher than the first seven months of 2020.

In 2020, the airport handled more than 1.38m tonnes of cargo, “setting a new record”.

LEJ said in a statement: “The airport is acting as a transhipment centre for medical supplies and protective equipment in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It has therefore regularly handled freight charter flights during the past few months – in addition to regular traffic.”

LEJ supports express, e-commerce and pharma operations, and also has facilities for live animals transportation. 

“The airport is DHL’s largest hub anywhere in the world and is the first regional air freight centre for Amazon Air in Europe,” LEJ added.

Currently, 82 carriers operate at the hub, which records around 1,300 flight movements per week for freight operations.

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