Hungarian Racehorses Travel Through Budapest Airport
Fourteen racehorses bred in Hungary were flown to China last week, on board a Cargolux Boeing 747. The Friesian and Shagya Arabian horses took off from Budapest Airport in special freight containers, accompanied by a team of carers and vets, on their way to a new owner via Luxembourg.
Chris Nielen, VP Sales for Cargolux Airlines, commented: “The transport of animals is an important part of our core activities. We have an unparalleled expertise and a team of highly qualified professionals to ensure the welfare of the horses. We invested in new horse stalls that guarantee the wellbeing of the animals and a state-of-the-art of transport.”
Dénes Szigeti, Air Freight Manager – Hungary for Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, which organised the transportation of the 14 horses, said: “These were unforgettable moments in our company’s life and we are really proud of this success story. We were making history; no forwarder has ever transported horses from Budapest Airport to China directly by regular flight. Our whole special live animal team was working on this transportation project side by side which was a great success. Special thanks to the Hungarian live animal team for their dedication and hard work and also special thanks to all of the involved parties who helped us. Our dream has come true.”
René Droese, Property and Cargo Director for Budapest Airport said: “Given the growth in live animal exports, Budapest Airport plans to build facilities dedicated specifically for animals in the new cargo base to be constructed over the coming years. Thus, in a few years’ time, it will be possible to fly almost any animal requiring special treatment or care from Budapest Airport, to any part of the world.”
Budapest Airport is transforming its cargo facilities as part of its EUR160 million BUD:2020 Development Program, which includes two recently opened state-of-the-art integrator buildings, and a dedicated freight center called Cargo City, due to be completed in 2019.