Record cargo traffic at Budapest Airport in H1 2021


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Budapest Airport handled some 86,798 tons of air cargo during the first half of 2021, which is the strongest result in the history of the airport, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

The cargo volume projected over 12 months also jumped to unprecedented heights; during the year from June 2020 to June 2021, the Cargo City handled 157,402 tons of goods, whereby the airport has crossed the dream threshold of 150,000 tons. The airport handled 15 233 tons of air cargo in June 2021 alone, which constitutes 52.6% growth from the same month of 2020 and 41.2% compared to the same period in 2019.

The airport attributes the strong results to its excellent cargo infrastructure, the further strengthening of e-commerce and the fact that the Alibaba Group chose Budapest as its Central and Eastern European aerial logistics hub in April 2021, among other factors.

Chris Dinsdale, the CEO of Budapest Airport Zrt. emphasized in connection with the results: “This is the first time in its history that Ferenc Liszt International Airport has crossed the threshold of 150,000 tons. Performance over the past 12 months confirms our belief that the cargo business is of key importance for us, and the Cargo City, handed over last year, is indeed able to energize and encourage freight forwarders to use Budapest Airport for air freight, which is a very attractive solution for the collection and distribution of air cargo.” He added: “At the same time, our many years of effort for cargo have paid off, and we are reaping the rewards of the conscious work that our colleagues and the cargo community have put in together. However, cargo is not only about the airport, it is also about the national economy as a whole, because, besides its ability to create jobs, stimulate investment and support local businesses, it provides a safe and stable transport option for all businesses, on which companies who choose air freight can build a calculable future.”

Budapest Airport’s air cargo activities create approximately 1,800 jobs directly at the airport and an additional 10,000 via the related ecosystem. Amongst airports within the East-Central European region, the increase in Budapest Airport’s cargo traffic has consistently been in the top league for the last two years, and its strategic role is constantly growing, which is further strengthened by the high cargo traffic over the past months between China and Hungary.

József Kossuth, head of cargo for Budapest Airport highlighted, “We consider it one of our greatest successes this year that the Alibaba Group, one of the largest e-commerce businesses in China and its logistics partner, Cainiao, chose Budapest Airport as their regional hub.” He added: “We are delighted and proud that Alibaba has chosen us, which is a huge achievement with great growth potential and further business opportunities, not only for the airport but for the Hungarian logistics industry as well. The company’s presence in Budapest already means the arrival of approximately 2.5 million items per month currently by air, which will increase strongly over the coming months.”

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