Cargo handling hit a new record in October at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ), Europe’s fifth largest air cargo hub, with a total of 112,587 tonnes of cargo handled. This represents a year-on-year increase of 6.5 per cent, marking a new absolute record month in the company’s history.
From January to October, cargo volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport rose by 1.3 per cent to 1,025,193 tonnes. Cargo handling at Leipzig/Halle Airport has been rising for 13 years in succession and is currently well above the national trend across Germany, the airport notes, which was down by 3.6 per cent in October.
“The new record for air cargo volume once again underlines that our airport is one of the most dynamically growing cargo airports in the world,” says Götz Ahmelmann, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG.
With 7,348 take-offs and landings in October, the number of aircraft movements at Leipzig/Halle Airport was 1.9 per cent higher than last year. In the first ten months of the year, the number of flights increased by 0.2 per cent to 66,661.
Flughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH is a subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG. Around 1.22 million tonnes of air cargo and 2.57 million passengers were registered in 2018. This makes Leipzig/Halle Airport the second largest cargo airport in Germany and number five in Europe.
Leipzig/Halle Airport has further vacant development space at its site measuring 1,400 hectares and in the surrounding area; which it says provides ideal conditions for companies operating in sectors closely related to logistics and air freight.