Cargolux has extended its freighter offering to Budapest by doubling the frequency after increasing its service from three to six weekly connections to the Hungarian capital.
The original routing Hong Kong-Budapest-Luxembourg operated by Cargolux thrice weekly will be augmented by an additional identical frequency.
These flights will be complemented by two new weekly connections from Zhengzhou that will stop over in Budapest before continuing to Luxembourg. These frequencies will considerably increase the airline’s service offerings to and from the region.
Budapest is fast emerging as one of Central and Eastern Europe’s major cargo gateways, a position that Cargolux said it is keen to contribute to. As the first cargo carrier to offer flights into Budapest airport in 2002, Cargolux is the benchmark for other players in the industry.
Cargolux executive vice president sales & marketing, Domenico Ceci, said “there is a growing interest for services to and from Budapest and its greater region. Our position as a prime operator to the airport for numerous years, and our long-standing relationship with the airport enabled us to seize the opportunity and enhance our connections to this destination.
“We look forward to continue working closely with Budapest airport to ensure both parties reap the benefits of these additional services.”
Cargolux president and chief executive officer (CEO), Richard Forson added: “Budapest has proved over the years, to be an important transit hub for cargo in Europe and an increasingly important destination on Cargolux routes.
“These enhanced frequencies will enable both parties to explore new markets while cementing Cargolux and Budapest airport’s positions as frontrunners in the European air freight market”.
Budapest Airport welcomed the frequency increase and CEO, Jost Lammers said: ““Cargolux is one of the largest cargo airlines in the world, and several airports are competing for its presence. The capacity increase of Cargolux at BUD is therefore a huge milestone contributing to our cargo success story.”
Director business unit property and cargo,. René Droese added: “The new Zhengzhou cargo route and the frequency increase from Hong Kong will be an important extension of our cargo network. Cargolux is an honorary long-time partner at BUD, their contribution with boosted capacities in our cargo developments is highly appreciated. BUD also greets Cargolux as a tenant in the new BUD Cargo City, which once completed will be an ideal home for air cargo.“