Budapest Airport participates in Sino-Hungarian logistics forum in Shanghai

Budapest, Hungary, Monday, 12th June 2017 – Hungary and Budapest Airport may play a leading role in further expanding economic cooperation between China and Central Eastern Europe.

This was the main message at an economic forum held under the sponsorship of the Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai, with the participation of a series of key players, ranging from the postal services of the two countries, logistics and e-commerce operators, to cargo airlines.

Just two weeks after the Beijing Summit, the “One Belt, One Road” concept is being transformed into reality in Shanghai.

The Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai organised a logistics forum with the participation of high-ranking Hungarian Government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Ministry of National Development, the latter in charge of transport and logistics, a series of trade companies, and e-commerce enterprises.

Speakers at the forum emphasised the great opportunities for Chinese companies to reach out to the region of Central Eastern Europe through Hungary and Budapest Airport.

The operator of Ferenc Liszt International Airport has been actively seeking contacts with important players in the Shanghai region of China for the past three years.

Budapest Airport has established contacts and stepped into a written cooperation agreement with Ningbo International Airport to enhance trade and commerce between the two regions.

Unlike many airports in the European Union (EU), Budapest Airport has ample room for developing cargo operations, both in runway capacity and airport land available for logistics developments.

Two major logistics bases will be handed over to TNT and DHL Express near Terminal 1 this summer, while preparations have started for building a Cargo City near Terminal 2 for dedicated cargo airline operations.

“We initiated this logistics forum to introduce the opportunities in Hungary and especially at Budapest Airport to large, market leading Chinese logistics companies, like Alibaba. They export lots of cargo to Central and Eastern Europe and we would like to partner them in the regional distribution,” said René Droese, Property Director for Budapest Airport, in charge of cargo development.

He added: “Budapest is simply ideal for the distribution of Chinese cargo in Central and Eastern Europe.”

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Left – René Droese, Property Director at Budapest Airport, Szilárd Bolla, Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai, and Zoltan Illes, Chief Executive Officer at Hungarian Post.

Centre and right – The Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai organised a logistics forum with the participation of high-ranking Hungarian Government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and from the Ministry of National Development, the latter in charge of transport and logistics, a series of trade companies, and e-commerce enterprises.

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About Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport, Hungary is a leading international air cargo hub servicing 45 airlines, with a throughput of 112,143 tonnes of cargo in 2016, up 22.7 per cent year on year.

The airport is expanding its freight facilities and has started construction on a dedicated Cargo Centre that will handle freighters operated by carriers including Cargolux, Turkish Cargo, and Qatar Airways Cargo, as well as belly cargo from its other airlines.

Two new integrator buildings are also under construction, which, when completed in summer 2017, will measure over 16,000 square metres.

Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is owned by a consortium of Canadian (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, 21.228 per cent) and Singaporean (Malton Investment Pte Ltd., 23.3334 per cent) investors led by AviAlliance GmbH (55.438 per cent).

This year, Budapest Airport was awarded the Skytrax title for “Best Airport in the Region” for the fourth time in a row – the first time in the history of the awards that an Eastern European airport has kept its top position for four consecutive years.

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Mihály Hardy

Communications Director

Budapest Airport Zrt.

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