Budapest Airport is breaking cargo tonnage records as in October more than 13,000 tonnes were processed at the Hungarian airport – a year-on-year (YOY) surge of 22.9 per cent.
This figure market the busiest ever month for freight in Budapest and it comes just as the airport started construction of a new cargo base called Cargo City this September.
Since the beginning of the year, the airport has handled 120,603 tonnes, a YOY rise of 16.3 per cent and in the 12 months since October 2017, 144 017 tonnes – both records. From 2015-17, tonnage is up 39.1 per cent.
Budapest Airport head of cargo, József Kossuth said: “This time next year we will be welcoming the aircraft of specialized freighter airlines including Cargolux, Turkish Cargo, Qatar Airways Cargo, AirBridgeCargo of Russia, and the Azeri Silkway Airlines in the area of our state-of-the-art Cargo City.”
Budapest Airport commenced construction of the cargo handling center called Cargo City in September this year close to Terminal 2A, on the boundary of the administrative area of Vecsés.
The HUF 10 billion (€32.6 million) project funded by Budapest Airport itself includes a modern logistics warehouse of 20,000 square metres complete with an office block and a new concrete apron of 32,000 square metres, where two large Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft will be possible to operate at the same time. The project is scheduled for completion by the second half of 2019.