DHL Express is the key driver of cargo at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) with freight volumes up by 9.1 per cent to 1.01 million tonnes between January and October compared to the same period in the previous year.
The airport noted the growth is much higher than the German 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, 6.3 per cent more than in the same month in 2017.
The growth engine according to the airport is largely due to volumes handled by DHL, which has been operating the largest hub within its global network at Leipzig/Halle since 2008.
The charter business of other logistics providers also continues to develop far above the average rate, Leipzig/Halle says.
The network of routes for freight traffic covers more than 270 airports in all around the world with more than 50 cargo airlines flying into the airport.
Leipzig/Halle offers 24/7 operations for cargo flights, direct links to the trans-European road and railway networks, space and capacity reserves, as well as extensive logistics services from one source.
With freight volumes totalling more than 1.14 million tonnes in 2017, Leipzig/Halle Airport is the fifth largest air freight hub in Europe. Volumes of freight have increased more than tenfold since 2007 and continue to grow at a rate that is far above average.
There are currently plans to expand the infrastructure in the apron area used by DHL which currently offers space for up to 60 aircraft at the moment. The intended development plan would enable as many as 36 more parking stands, regardless of the aircraft type.
Leipzig/Halle Airport is also the home base for AeroLogic, a joint venture between DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo.
Two Antonov 124-100 aircraft have been permanently stationed at Leipzig/Halle as part of the SALIS Project (Strategic Airlift International Solution) since March 2006.
And the airport is also the headquarters of a subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group, Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Service GmbH (AMTES GmbH), which operates a maintenance base for Antonov 124 and western aircraft at the site.
Regular freight charter traffic and a scheduled service run by Air Bridge Cargo also operate to Moscow, among others.