Budapest Airport, operator of Ferenc Liszt International Airport, has welcomed logistics company Kuehne + Nagel to its cargo community, ahead of the construction of Cargo City, a new dedicated freight center. Construction will start this summer.
Kuehne + Nagel representatives have leased warehouse and office space at the airport to benefit from being as close to air freight operations as physically possible, with employees joining the airport community in Budapest as of July 1, 2018, says a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
As an integral part of the EUR 160 million BUD: 2020 Development Program, Budapest Airport is investing in the development of its cargo business.
The Hungarian hub has all the favorable conditions for growth of all-cargo flights, operated by carriers including Cargolux, Turkish Cargo, and Qatar Airways Cargo, as well as belly cargo operations, states the press release. Belly cargo flights are boosted by four new North American routes this summer, connecting the U.S. cities of New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, as well as Toronto in Canada, to Budapest, offering capacity of up to ten tonnes on each flight.
The Kuehne + Nagel air freight division in Hungary will closely monitor all the developments at Budapest Airport, having a widespread operational basis for special or high-value cargo shipments of goods, such as pharmaceutical products.
“We believe that keeping our fingers on the pulse of our customers’ business helps us to react rapidly and meet all of their expectations, for example, new direct overseas services to Philadelphia, Chicago or New York. This is why we are excited to partner with Budapest Airport,” said László Szabó, national air freight manager for Kuehne + Nagel Hungary.
Budapest Airport opened two major integrator facilities in the summer of 2017, with Cargo City’s handover planned for summer 2019.