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Budapest Airport's cargo ambitions boosted by opening of new DHL facilities

Budapest Airport's bid to transform itself into an important cargo hub in eastern Europe has been boosted by the opening of two DHL Express facilities.

The new additions, described by the airport as "two state-of-the-art express facilities", have opened as part of the gateway's €160 million BUD:2020 Development Programme.

DHL Express is the latest to launch at the warehouse and office complexes, which have automated sorting systems, and represent the largest air cargo development at Budapest Airport to date, with a total land area development of just over 60,000 square metres.

“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, DHL Express Hungary.

“The 6,000sqm 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, which is three times our current capacity.
“As DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Freight are also located at Budapest Airport, synergies between the three business units will strengthen, and contribute to a more effective operation, further improvement of services, and development of cross dock businesses.

"The move will also mean a quality improvement in working conditions, and further efficiency gains in warehouse operations.”

More than 600 employees will be based at the two new express complexes, which are located in the area next to Terminal 1, further cementing Budapest Airport’s role as a regional leader for integrators.

The next freight phase of the BUD:2020 Development Programme will be the development of Cargo City next to Terminal 2, due to be completed in 2019.

The new facilities will provide centralised cargo operations, and expand the Hungarian hub’s cargo handling capacity to 250,000 tonnes per year.

“We are pleased to kick start a new era for cargo at Budapest Airport with the opening of our new express facilities,” said René Droese, Budapest Airport's property and cargo director.

“We have seen strong cargo growth during the last 18 months, and we look forward to further establishing Budapest Airport as the ideal location for air cargo distribution in Central Europe.”

Budapest Airport handled a record volume of 72,161 tonnes of air cargo from January to July 2017, a near 20% rise on 2016.


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