Logistics complex comprises a 21,200-sqm warehouse and office facility as well as an 11,650sqm forwarder building, built to enable Hungary and Budapest Airport to become the cargo gateway
A little more than twelve months after commencement of works, the €50-million BUD Cargo City facility was officially opened today at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, which describes it as “not only a world-class logistics base, but also a catalyst, enabling Hungary and Budapest Airport to become the cargo gateway of central and eastern Europe”.
It said BUD Cargo City offered “a professional environment and enhanced competitiveness for air cargo operators and may bring a regional leading role in the industry for Budapest Airport and the Hungarian economy”. The logistics complex comprises a 21,200-sqm warehouse and office facility as well as an 11,650-sqm forwarder building, to be occupied by tenants from January 2020, “facilitating cargo handling of unprecedented efficiency by ensuring cooperation of all market actors via their simultaneous presence on the same site”.
The logistics base also features an adjacent concrete apron of 32,000 sqm to accommodate loading and unloading procedures for two Boeing 747-8F aircraft, with 440 tonnes of maximum take-off weight each, at the same time.
Budapest Airport handled 146,113 tonnes of air cargo last year, and the volume of cargo distributed via the Hungarian capital has – in spite of international trade conflicts and the decline in foreign markets – continued to be stable this year as well, the airport said, adding: “The new facility reinforces this stability and provides a sound basis for additional growth: once it is commissioned, the total cargo handling capacity of the airport will be increased to 250,000 tonnes per annum.”
Bit described BUD Cargo City as “the gateway to Hungary for foreign logistics operators, but even more importantly, it provides a link to foreign markets for Hungarian companies, enabling their further enhancement and business development”. The facility is already home to 35 tenants in total, including forwarders, cargo airlines, security service providers, and the customs authority, indirectly supporting 10,000 jobs in the Hungarian economy, Budapest Airport said, confirming that it “is committed to continuing its significant contribution to the strengthening of the Hungarian national economy”.
Gerhard Schroeder, managing director of airport management company AviAlliance – which owns a majority stake in the airport –said: “We always understood the importance of cargo for us. After several development projects in the past years – such as the exchange facility for Hungarian Post, the DHL Forwarding and Freight Facility and the Express Facilities for TNT and DHL – we are now standing in this impressive state-of-the-art facility.
“Thanks to BUD Cargo City and our capabilities to invest even further, we now have a chance of Budapest Airport and thus Hungary to become one of the prime logistic hubs for central and eastern Europe.”
At the opening ceremony, Levente Magyar, deputy minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said: “This investment fits into the programme of the Hungarian government intended to strengthen the logistic sector, besides rail and road developments and the Trieste port project. The traffic data and the market have long required the increasing of capacities and we expect Budapest Airport to continue investing at the airport. The government and its official bodies will provide every assistance for this.”
Rolf Schnizler, CEO of Budapest Airport, said: “Our position in the region is becoming stronger regarding passengers as well as air freight, which is also supported by the BUD Cargo City opening today. All this is the result of joint efforts – we really appreciate the effective support we received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the neighboring municipalities.”
Budapest Airport is home to 44 airlines, which transported 14.9 million passengers to 125 destinations in 45 countries in 2018 – 13.5% growth versus 2017. Budapest Airport handled 146,113 tonnes of cargo in 2018 – a 15.9 % growth rate versus 2017.