Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport increased for the 14th year in succession to more than 1.2 million tonnes in 2018 – growth of 7.3 per cent on 2017.
The German airport’s operator Mitteldeutsche Flughafen said figures were particularly driven by the ever-expanding freight business of DHL Expres, which operates its main European hub at Leipzig/Halle.
Chief executive officer and chairman of the boards at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden airports, Götz Ahmelmann said: “With an increase of more than seven per cent, Leipzig/Halle Airport significantly exceeded the German average figure for volumes of air freight in 2018.
“Overall, the airport handled more than 1.2 million tonnes of cargo – more than ever before in one year.
“This growth is particularly based on DHL’s express freight business. However, the cargo and special charter services also continued to develop far above average.”
The tonnage total in 2018 ranks Leipzig/Halle as the fifth busiest cargo gateway in Europe in terms of volumes behind only London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris CDG and Frankfurt.
Saxony’s Economic Affairs and Transport Minister, Martin Dulig added: “Leipzig/Halle has consolidated its position as one of the top five cargo hubs in Europe. We want to continue this success story with more international cooperation arrangements and continue to strengthen Saxony as a business centre.
“The agreement with Hanoi Airport, which was signed recently during my trip to Vietnam, is designed to open up new doors in south-east Asia. Vietnam is one of the dynamically developing markets for e-commerce trade and logistics alongside China and is also generating a constantly increasing source of goods and products.”