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Airfreight traffic increased at Budapest Airport

In the first six months of 2021, Budapest Airport handled 86,798 tons of air cargo, closing the airport's strongest half-year.

From 2020 June to June 2021, Cargo City handled 157,402 tonnes of cargo, bringing the airport to the 150,000-ton dream mark.

The volume of goods handled by BUD Cargo City is steadily increasing compared to both 2020 and 2019. In June 2021, the airport handled 15,233 tons of air cargo, an increase of 52.6 percent from 2020 and a 41.2 percent from the same month in 2019. 

Thanks to consecutive months of outstanding cargo data, 86,798 tons of cargo were handled at Budapest Airport from January to June 2021 — a 35.9 percent increase over last year. The airport crossed the magical 150,000-ton mark between June 2020 and July 2021, taking another huge step toward becoming the airfreight distribution center for the region.

Chris Dinsdale, CEO of Budapest Airport Zrt., emphasized that the airport has reached the limit of 150,000 tons for the first time. The results of the last 12 months reaffirm that the cargo business is of paramount importance to us and Cargo City, which was handed over last year, can really energize and encourage shipping companies to use Budapest Airport for airfreight, which is an extremely attractive solution for the region for the collection and distribution of air cargo, he added. 

Budapest Airport’s air cargo operations create approximately 1,800 direct jobs at the airport and a further 10,000 jobs through the associated ecosystem.

Among the airports of the Central and Eastern European region, the growth of Budapest Airport’s cargo traffic has been at the forefront in the last two years, and its strategic role is becoming more and more unquestionable, which is further strengthened by the outstanding cargo traffic between China and Hungary in recent months, said József Kossuth, cargo manager of Budapest Airport Zrt.

One of the biggest successes of BUD Cargo City in 2021 so far is that one of China’s largest e-commerce companies, Alibaba Group, and its logistics company, Cainiao, has installed its regional air distribution center at Budapest Airport.

The outstanding turnover of the recent period has been positively influenced by the handover of the new 32,000-square-meters logistics base and the cargo-friendly environment. In cooperation with airlines, service companies, authorities and transport partners, it creates fast and accurate service and a quality logistics service environment.

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