DHL Express has occupied its new built-to-suit 6,000 sqm warehouse facility in the vicinity of the Ferenc Liszt International Airport, built by Market Építő with CBRE providing construction management services.
The move will further streamline the operations of DHL in Budapest and develop the airport area as a logistics hub. In the first quarter of the year, the airport handled more than 30,000 tonnes of cargo.
“DHL Express has already been present in Hungary for more than 25 years. The new lease agreement between Budapest Airport and DHL Express for another 15 years clearly reflects the commitment of Deutsche Post DHL Group to Hungary and the airport,” said Zoltán Bándli, managing director of DHL Express Hungary.
“The new warehouse capacity will give DHL space to accommodate the volume growth of our business, with the new state-of-the-art sorting technology, which includes fully automatic shipment processing, allowing us to process more than 6,000 pieces per hour, three times our former capacity.” There will be more than 200 employees employed at the 2,400 sqm of offices at the complex.In developing the project, airport operator Budapest Airport cleared the plot of the outdated ex-Malév Cargo warehouse in order to build what it describes as a modern integrator facility for DHL Express and TNT. It is in close proximity to Terminal 1 of Ferenc Liszt Airport with direct access to the cargo apron.
The operator is also developing the circa 20,000 sqm Cargo City, which will be aimed at tenants specializing in cargo handling. The complex will have a capacity of 150,000 tonnes per year.
The logistics developments form part of Budapest Airport’s plans to invest EUR 160 million on airport developments by 2020. Other elements include the EUR 17 million Pier B that will deliver 27 new boarding gates and 10 new bridges on a 10,000 sqm area, with a proposed completion date of fall 2018. Alongside that, Terminal 2C has a proposed delivery of 2020-2021.
“Our goal is to create an efficient infrastructure and an ideal platform for cargo distribution, which will be inviting for cargo partners, new airlines and forwarders,” commented József Kossuth, cargo manager at Budapest Airport.