Budapest Airport has welcomed Kuehne + Nagel to its cargo community, ahead of the construction of Cargo City, a new dedicated freight centre, which will commence operations this summer.
Kuehne + Nagel representatives have leased warehouse and office space at the Central and Eastern European airport to benefit from being as close to airfreight operations as it is physically possible, with employees joining the airport community in Budapest as of 1 July 2018.
As an integral part of the EUR 160 million BUD: 2020 Development Programme, Budapest Airport is investing in the development of its cargo business.
A dedicated freight centre, called Cargo City, will be handed over in the second quarter of 2019, and will handle freighters operated by carriers including Cargolux, Turkish Cargo, and Qatar Airways Cargo, as well as belly cargo from other airlines, expanding the hub’s cargo handling capacity to 250,000 tonnes per year.
The airport opened two major integrator facilities in the summer of 2017, comprising 16,000 sqm. The international air cargo hub services 45 airlines, with a throughput of 127,145 tonnes of cargo in 2017, up 13.4 per cent on 2016.
Belly cargo flights are boosted by four new North American routes this summer, connecting New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, US and Toronto, Canada to Budapest, offering capacity of up to ten tonnes on each flight.
Kuehne + Nagel said its air freight division in Hungary will closely monitor all the developments at Budapest Airport, having a widespread operational basis for special or high-value cargo shipments of goods, such as pharmaceutical products.
“We warmly welcome our partners in the forwarding business, joining our Cargo City community. I believe that this first warehouse and office space lease agreement is just the beginning of a long relationship between Budapest Airport and Kuehne + Nagel,” said René Droese, director property and cargo at Budapest Airport.
“I look at forwarder companies as our closest strategic partners in developing our cargo route network. Jointly, we can bring the right cargo airlines with the right capacity and flight frequency to Budapest, Droese said.
“We can also further develop our logistics capacities according to the needs of our partners, based on the latest technological developments. Being close to cargo operations is not only a question of convenience, but also an important factor in keeping costs under strict control.”
László Szabó, national air freight manager for Kuehne + Nagel Hungary said: “As the leading air freight forwarder in Hungary, we are aiming to find the best solutions, in order to continuously maintain our existing high level of service.”
“We believe that keeping our fingers on the pulse of our customers’ business helps us to react rapidly and meet all of their expectations, for example, new direct overseas services to Philadelphia, Chicago or New York. This is why we are excited to partner with Budapest Airport.”
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is owned by a consortium of Canadian (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, 21.2 per cent) and Singaporean (Malton Investment Pte Ltd., 23.3 per cent) investors led by AviAlliance GmbH (55.4 per cent).