Cargolux is doubling its service offering to Budapest, increasing from 3 to 6 weekly connections to the Hungarian capital with its B747 freighters.
The original routing Hong Kong (HKG)-Budapest (BUD)-Luxembourg (LUX) operated by Cargolux thrice weekly will be augmented by an additional identical frequency, the carrier says.
These flights will be complemented by two new weekly connections from Zhengzhou (CGO) that will stop over in Budapest before continuing to Luxembourg. The additional frequencies will considerably increase the airline’s service offerings to and from the region.
Budapest is fast emerging as one of Central and Eastern Europe’s major cargo gateways, a position that Cargolux says it “is keen to contribute to”. “As the first cargo carrier to offer flights into Budapest airport in 2002, Cargolux is the benchmark for other players in the industry,” the carrier says. “Over the years, a solid and trustworthy relationship formed between the airport and the operator which is now the largest freight airline to service the destination.”
The increased connections to Budapest are a distinct commercial advantage for both the airline and the airport, as Domenico Ceci, Cargolux executive VP Sales & Marketing, notes: “There is a growing interest for services to and from Budapest and its greater region.
“Our position as a prime operator to the airport for numerous years, and our long-standing relationship with the airport enabled us to seize the opportunity and enhance our connections to this destination. We look forward to continue working closely with Budapest airport to ensure both parties reap the benefits of these additional services.”
This position is echoed by Richard Forson, Cargolux president and CEO who welcomes the additional frequencies. “Budapest has proved over the years, to be an important transit hub for cargo in Europe and an increasingly important destination on Cargolux routes. These enhanced frequencies will enable both parties to explore new markets while cementing Cargolux and Budapest airport’s positions as frontrunners in the European air freight market”.
Budapest airport officials have also gladly received the news. “Cargolux is one of the largest cargo airlines in the world, and several airports are competing for its presence. The capacity increase of Cargolux at BUD is therefore a huge milestone contributing to our cargo success story,” says Jost Lammers, CEO Budapest Airport.
René Droese, director Business Unit Property and Cargo at Budapest Airport adds that the new Zhengzhou cargo route and the frequency increase from Hong Kong will be an important extension of the airport’s cargo network.
“Cargolux is an honorary long-time partner at BUD, their contribution with boosted capacities in our cargo developments is highly appreciated. BUD also greets Cargolux as a tenant in the new BUD Cargo City, which once completed will be an ideal home for air cargo,” Droese adds.