Budapest invests in further expansion of cargo area

By Damian Brett

Source: Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport is continuing to develop its Cargo City area with the addition of new cargo areas.

The airport, which recently won the Cargo Hub of the Year prize at the Air Cargo News Awards, will extend its cargo area with a further 2,000 sq m of office space on the mezzanine level, and 6,000 sq m of maneuvering and storage areas alongside a 1,450 sq m multi-functional canopy area created for live animal treatment. 

Work is due to start later this month.

The expansion will allow Budapest to handle 240,000 tonnes at the Cargo City with an additional 60,000 tonnes being served via the integrator facilities of DHL, UPS, and FedEx at Terminal one.

René Droese, chief development officer, Budapest Airport, said: “Budapest Airport is committed to cargo development. Seeing the rapid increase of our cargo volumes after the initial investment of the BUD Cargo City, this next step has been an obvious choice to enable our growth and progression.

“We see more and more interest for our cargo services and capacity enhancements from the market, so we have to ensure we are more than capable of meeting these demands.”

“We have handled 195,000 tonnes in the last 12 months and continue to record a 40% increase from our pre-Covid levels,” added Droese.

“We are currently handling both integrator flights and non-integrator freighters with long-standing partners Cargolux, Qatar Airways Cargo, and Turkish Cargo.”

More recently Korean Air and China Eastern/Shanghai Airlines have started operations to the airport, alongside regular cargo charters with cargo-partner, Kuehne+Nagel, UTA/CECZ, and the new cargo operations of Wizz Air.

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