BUD Cargo City development reaches major construction milestone

posted on 1st July 2019 by Justin Burns
BUD Cargo City development reaches major construction milestone

The larger building section of Budapest Airport’s logistics base BUD Cargo City has reached its final structural form.

To mark the occasion, Merkbau, the contractor of the building section and Budapest Airport held a joint topping out ceremony, where Budapest Airport’s chief property and cargo officer spoke about the role of the Hungarian capital in air freight.

The entire building complex is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and is constructed from a budget of €50 million, financed entirely by the Hungarian airport.

Construction on the larger warehouse building at Budapest Airport’s new logistics base started nine month ago, which is to be used for the handling of air cargo, has been structurally completed.

From now on, only interior works will be going on in the so-called handling building, and the complex, called BUD Cargo City, is due to be handed over at the end of the year.

Budapest Airport’s chief property and cargo officer, René Droese said: “During the air cargo conferences held this year, we discussed the efficiency of cargo processes and opportunities for digitization, amongst other things.

“The current international trade conflicts undoubtedly pose challenges for the representatives of the industry, but we are confident, as the volume of air cargo handled by Budapest Airport is characterized by stability in 2019.

“We believe that with all efforts and steps to create an ideal home for air cargo at BUD, we will attract much more cargo from our catchment zone in the future than today.”

The BUD Cargo City will also contribute greatly to the cargo volume development plan of the airport, as the facility provides an opportunity for efficient cooperation between cargo industry players.

The airport said the positive feedback from the cargo players and the pre-leasing ratio of the Cargo City “demonstrates a clear demand” for such high-quality facilities, with easy access between landside and airside.

The logistics base being constructed on the Vecsés side of the airport will consist of a 21,600 square metre warehouse hall and office section, another 11,200 square metre facility close by, for forwarders and a 32,000 square metre concrete apron.

This apron will provide additional new parking positions for the simultaneous handling of two Boeing B-747-8F aircraft, enhancing cargo apron capacities.