Budapest Airport is to welcome Kuehne + Nagel to its air cargo community when the forwarder moves into warehouse and office space on 1 July.
The forwarder will lease what is being described as a “significant area of warehouse and adjacent office space” at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, focusing on the future development plans of the cargo business at Budapest Airport.
Last summer, two major logistics bases were handed over to two international integrators near Terminal 1, and this summer the construction of a dedicated Cargo City will commence, with the hand over planned in the summer of 2019.
As part of the BUD 2020 five year, €160 million airport development plan, Budapest will continue investing in developing the airport’s cargo business.
The airport says that as more and more Western European airports are suffering capacity issues, Budapest has favourable conditions for growth of cargo flights, which is already served by carriers including Cargolux, Turkish Cargo, Qatar Airways Cargo and Silkway, as well as passenger services with belly capacity.
The Hungarian capital’s airport is welcoming four different transatlantic flights this summer, with connections to New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Toronto, each with around 10 tonnes of cargo capacity.
Budapest Airport director property and cargo, René Droese says: “I look on forwarder companies as our closest strategic partners in developing our cargo route network. Jointly, we can bring the right cargo airlines with the right capacity and flight frequency to Budapest.
“We can also develop further our logistics capacities according to the needs of our partners, based on the latest technological developments. Being close to cargo operations is not only a question of convenience, but also an important factor in keeping costs under strict control.”
Kuehne + Nagel Hungary national airfreight manager, László Szabó says: “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.”