Budapest, Hamburg, and Dusseldorf Airports join forces to promote cost-effective gateway for Europe

The cargo-friendly airports will showcase development and restructuring plans at The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)’s Air Cargo Forum (ACF) in Toronto, Canada under the slogan “Connect Differently”

Wednesday 10th October 2018 – Budapest (BUD), Düsseldorf (DUS), and Hamburg (HAM) airports have joined forces to promote their cargo operations under the slogan “Connect Differently”.

The three hubs will showcase investment in new facilities, and cost-effective, flexible cargo solutions on booth 5313 at The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)’s Air Cargo Forum (ACF) in Toronto, Canada, from October 16th to 18th 2018.

The second-tier hubs all have a special focus on cargo, offering flexible operations 365 days a year and all are investing in new facilities and equipment, as cargo volumes at the three airports continue to grow.

Budapest Airport in Hungary last month started construction of its 20,000 sq m Cargo City, part of its EUR160 million Development Program called BUD2020.

The hub, which saw a 39 per cent increase in cargo volumes from 2015 to 2017, handled 141,500 tonnes of air cargo in the period from October 2017 to September 2018.

Last year, BUD opened two state-of-the-art express facilities with a total area of 16,000 sq m in order to process increasing volumes from the express and e-commerce sectors.

“Budapest is emerging as the leading Central European cargo hub, within reach of almost 20 countries,” said René Droese, Executive Director Property and Cargo at Budapest Airport.

“Cargo-friendly airports, and particularly regional hubs, which often enjoy less congestion and more flexibility, have an important role to play in airfreight’s future.

“Our 24/7 operations allow us to cater to business all over the globe, and our continuous expansion means more businesses view us as the ideal location, with world-class facilities, able to capitalise on this growth.”

Düsseldorf Airport Cargo GmbH is a 100 per cent subsidiary of DUS in Germany, which is restructuring to be able to handle up to 200,000 metric tonnes of cargo a year.

The hub is also investing in two customised airside temperature controlled dollies for the transport of pharmaceutical goods from its 12,700 sq m Cargo Processing Area (CPA) to the aircraft.

Düsseldorf Airport Cargo Gmbh was the first company in Germany to be certified by IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV).

DUS has a 450 sq m cool storage for perishables and pharmaceuticals with temperature ranges from 2C to 8C and from 15C to 25C, with another 800 sq m storage facility under construction.

“Our regions represent strong industrial power, and the logistics market is looking for new direct solutions to distribute air cargo on time and cost efficiently,” said Gerton Hulsman, Managing Director, Düsseldorf Airport Cargo.

“We are an ideal partner to support those needs.”

Hamburg Airport in Germany has invested around EUR50 million in the new Hamburg Airport Cargo Centre (HACC).

With efficient operational processes, a direct connection to the apron, and a multi-user concept, the HACC, which opened in 2016, is ideally suited to provide efficient, tailored logistics solutions – with a total capacity for around 150,000 tonnes of freight per year.

“Second-tier airports like BUD, DUS, and HAM are able to process cargo swiftly and this, combined with our customer focus and flexibility makes us an attractive option for freight customers,” said Alexander Mueller, Head of Cargo, Hamburg Airport.

“Hamburg as the third largest aviation centre in the world and with its third largest container port in Europe is also one of the largest business regions in Germany. In cooperation with Düsseldorf and Budapest airports our position is optimal.

“There are possibilities to bundle the flow of goods among the three airports, so-called triangular transports, as well. It is important to talk about different options and I look forward to many shared conversations at the Air Cargo Forum in Toronto.”

The three airports will be exhibiting under the Slogan “Connect Differently” on booth 5313 at TIACA’s 2018 ACF, which takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre next week.


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Alexander Mueller Head of Cargo Hamburg Airport

René Droese, Executive Director Property and Cargo at Budapest Airport

René Droese, Executive Director Property and Cargo at Budapest Airport

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Gerton Hulsman, Managing Director, Düsseldorf Airport Cargo GmbH, and Stephanie Jelinek, Head of Finance & Administration, Düsseldorf Airport Cargo GmbH


About Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport, Hungary, is a leading international air cargo hub servicing 45 airlines, with a throughput of 127,145 tonnes of cargo in 2017.

The Central European hub is expanding its freight facilities as part of its EUR160 million (HUF50 billion) BUD:2020 Development Programme.

Two new integrator buildings opened in the summer of 2017 measuring over 16,000 sq m.

A dedicated freight centre, called Cargo City, will be handed over in the fourth quarter of 2019, and will handle freighters operated by carriers including AirBridgeCargo, Cargolux, Silk Way West, Turkish Cargo, and Qatar Airways Cargo, as well belly cargo from other airlines, expanding the hub’s cargo handling.

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).

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Hamburg Airport is the largest international airport in northern Germany.

More than 60 airlines fly to around 140 domestic and international destinations. Approximately 1,000 destinations worldwide can be reached with only one connecting flight.

Around 15,000 people are employed by the almost 250 companies active on the airport site (including around 2,000 employed by the airport itself).

Hamburg Airport got ready for the future of airfreight with the Hamburg Airport Cargo Center (HACC). The facility, constructed at a cost of around 50 million euros, was opened in May 2016. In total, around 20,000 square meters have been allocated to logistics space for handling companies and forwarding agents. HACC is based on a concept that allows for an annual capacity of around 150,000 tonnes of airfreight.


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Düsseldorf Airport Cargo GmbH, founded in 2001 is a 100% subsidiary of Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH (Düsseldorf Airport DUS).

In order to represent the Airport DUS as a single brand and to establish cargo handling in DUS even more, the brand was renamed in 2013 to Düsseldorf Airport Cargo (DUS Cargo).

We offer 365 days per year, 24/7 tailor-made logistic solutions for even the most challenging of freight consignments (apart from AVI and Mail).

Whether our customers need to ship temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, perishables, general cargo or several tons of heavy machinery parts; DUS Cargo has the right solution for every road or air freight consignment.

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