First phase of Budapest Airport cargo expansion sees DHL Express opening facilities
Two state-of-the-art express facilities have opened at Budapest Airport, as part of the EUR160 million BUD:2020 Development Programme.
DHL Express is the latest to launch at the warehouse and office complexes, which have automated sorting systems, and represent the largest air cargo development at Budapest Airport to date, with a total land area development of just over 60,000 sqm.
“The 6,000 m2 warehouse capacity will give DHL space to accommodate the volume growth of our business, with the new state-of-the-art sorting technology, which includes fully automatic shipment processing, allowing us to process more than 6,000 pieces per hour, which is three times our current capacity,” commented Zoltán Bándli, Managing Director, DHL Express Hungary
More than 600 employees will be based at the two new express complexes, which are located in the area next to Terminal 1.
The next freight phase of the BUD:2020 Development Programme will be the development of Cargo City next to Terminal 2, due to be completed in 2019.
The new facilities will provide centralised cargo operations, and expand the Hungarian hub’s cargo handling capacity to 250,000 tonnes per year.
Budapest Airport handled a record volume of 72,161 tonnes of air cargo from January to July 2017, an increase of 19.6% on 2016.
The Hungarian hub experienced continuous growth with new freighters, such as Qatar Airways Cargo, the volume increase of current freighter partners, such as Cargolux and Turkish Cargo, and the belly cargo capacity of passenger operators, including Air China and Emirates Airlines.
The recently announced LOT Polish Airlines services from Budapest to New York and Chicago, and the daily American Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Budapest will establish direct belly cargo connections between Hungary and the cargo hubs in the USA.