Budapest Airport (BUD) hosts a Chinese logistics and investment delegation for a one-day logistics forum focusing on business cooperation and e-commerce, ahead of a new direct service between Hungary and China this summer.
Shanghai Airlines, in partnership with China Eastern Airlines will launch a three-times weekly passenger route with belly cargo services between Budapest Airport (BUD) and Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG), China starting 7 June.
The BUD cargo team welcomed representatives from the Shanghai Cross-border E-commerce Association (SCEA), and Invest Shanghai, among others, to a day-long workshop and tour of the facilities, organised by the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) and the Consulate General of Hungary, Shanghai last week.
“This year marks 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Hungary and China, and launching a direct flight between Budapest and Shanghai will provide further impetus in enhancing relations in all fields, especially tourism and logistics,” said Szilárd Bolla, Consul General of Hungary, Shanghai, China.
“I see a great business demand for the cargo capacity of this newly established flight we have been working on for a long time, and I believe there is a strong potential for Budapest to become a regional logistics hub for Chinese enterprises. This forum provided a great opportunity to show this potential to important Chinese industry players,” Bolla adds.
Eastern Air Logistics, which manages cargo on behalf of China Eastern Airlines, the parent company of Shanghai Airlines, also took part in the discussions.
“We warmly welcome Budapest as our newest online destination within Europe,” says Li Jiupeng, CEO of Eastern Air Logistics (EAL); chairman of the Board of China Cargo Airlines and chairman of the Shanghai Cross-border E-commerce Association (SCEA).
“We are confident that this will be a valuable addition to our network, which will act as the major air cargo linkage between Shanghai and Hungary.”
As part of the workshop, the delegates visited BUD’s cargo facilities, including the site of a dedicated air cargo facility which is set for completion in Q4 this year.
“There are a lot of opportunities ahead of us and we are proud to announce that in the space of only a year, we will be able to open a state-of-the-art 35,000 sqm air cargo facility called BUD Cargo City at Budapest Airport, says Rene Droese, director for Property and Cargo at Budapest Airport.
“We see more and more interest among Hungarian export-oriented sectors like the automotive, pharmaceutical and electronics industries in the development of air cargo in Hungary and it is our mission to support this drive with further developments.
“We strongly believe in our great potential for more air cargo capacities between Budapest, Shanghai and other Chinese logistics gateways,” adds Droese.
BUD is establishing itself as the Central and Eastern air cargo hub, with volumes increasing by 60 per cent since 2015. Last year, the airport processed 146,113 tonnes of air cargo showing the highest year-on-year growth rate of 14.9 per cent.
Budapest Airport, Hungary, is a swiftly developing international air cargo hub servicing 45 airlines, with a throughput of 146,113 tonnes of cargo in 2018. The Central-Eastern European hub is expanding its freight facilities as part of its EUR160 million BUD:2020 Development Programme.
Two new integrator buildings opened in the summer of 2017 measuring over 16,000 sqm and a dedicated freight centre, called BUD Cargo City, will be handed over in the fourth quarter of 2019. The new facility will handle freighters operated by carriers including AirBridgeCargo, Cargolux, Silk Way West, Turkish Cargo, and Qatar Airways Cargo, as well as belly cargo from other airlines, expanding the hub’s cargo handling.