Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ), Europe’s fourth-largest air cargo hub, are continuing to grow, with July cargo volumes up 9.1 per cent over the same month in 2020 to 133,873 tonnes.
During the first seven months of this year, the volume increased by 18.9 per cent to nearly 899,682 tonnes in comparison with the same period in the previous year. The German airport says this points to the fact that the significant growth in freight is continuing in the second half of this year.
The airport handled more than 1.38 million tonnes of freight last year, setting a new record.
The airport is acting as a transhipment centre for medical supplies and protective equipment in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, it has regularly handled freight charter flights during the past few months in addition to regular traffic. Among other items, the airport has handled millions of Covid-19 tests.
LEJ says it also provides ideal conditions for transporting live animals and has a handling building specifically intended for this purpose and measuring 1,300 sqm. Dozens of horses or foals or even complete herds of pregnant cows have been handled here during the last few months.
The airport is DHL’s largest hub in its network and is the first regional air freight centre for Amazon Air in Europe, making it a key hub for express and e-commerce consignments.
Overall, 82 freight airlines fly to the airport and serve a network of routes, which covers 271 destinations worldwide. The airport registers as many as 1,300 take-offs and landings for freight traffic every week.