Leipzig/Halle Airport saw its freight volumes grow for the thirteenth year in succession to more than 1.1 million tonnes, driven largely by express traffic from DHL Express – which bases its European hub at the airport – alongside Aerologic (the joint venture airline of DHL and Lufthansa), AirBridgeCargo and charter traffic. The volume of air freight at Europe’s fifth-largest cargo hub, rose to 1.14 million tonnes in 2017, an increase of 8.2 per cent over the previous year.
A new absolute monthly record in the company’s history was set in December when the figure rose to more than 105,768 tonnes.
“Air freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport grew by more than eight per cent and reached a figure of more than 1.1 million tonnes; this was the strongest growth at any of Germany’s cargo airports,” said Johannes Jähn, the Board spokesman at Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG and managing director of Leipzig/Halle Airport. “The growth is being particularly spurred on by the express freight business – but freight and special charter services are also developing in an above-average manner,” he added.
The airport also saw aircraft movements increase by 8.3 per cent to 69,815 take-offs and landings while passenger numbers rose 7.9 per cent to 2.7 million.