Europe’s fifth largest air freight hub Leipzig/Halle Airport’s freight volumes passed the one million mark in October for the year as tonnage continues to fly through the German gateway.
Volumes increased year-on-year (YOY) by 9.1 per cent to 1,012,448 tonnes between January and October, well above the average German airport trend, which registered growth of 2.2 per cent for the first nine months of the year.
The airport handled about 105,697 tonnes of freight in October, a YOY rise of 6.3 per cent on the same month in 2017.
The airport said growth is particularly the volumes handled by DHL, which has been operating the largest hub within its global network at Leipzig/Halle since 2008.
Tonnage has also been boosted by the charter business of other logistics providers which continue to develop far above the average rate.
The network of routes for freight traffic covers more than 270 airports around the world and more than 50 cargo airlines fly to them.
Leipzig/Halle is to expand its freight activities and has plans to expand the infrastructure in the apron area used by DHL. This offers space for up to 60 aircraft but future development will enable as many as 36 more parking stands, for all aircraft types.
In 2017, the airport handled 1.14 million tonnes and is well on course to smash this amount in 2018 and on for a record year.