Budapest Airport Set to Become Air Cargo Gateway for China
Budapest Airport (BUD) in Hungary, recently hosted a one-day logistics forum for a Chinese logistics and investment delegation. The focus of the forum was on cooperation and e-commerce, as a new direct service between Hungary and China is to open this summer.
Shanghai Airlines working in conjunction with China Eastern Airlines will soon launch a thrice-weekly passenger route along with belly cargo services between Budapest Airport (BUD) and Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG), China. The new route is set to launch on June 7th 2019.
Cargo teams from BUD hosted a day-long workshop and a guided tour of their facilities for representatives from the Shanghai Cross-border E-commerce Association (SCEA), and Invest Shanghai.
Consul General of Hungary, Shanghai, China, Szilárd Bolla said, “This year marks the 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Hungary and China, and launching a direct flight between Budapest and Shanghai will provide further impetus in enhancing relations in all fields, especially tourism and logistics,”
“I see a great business demand for the cargo capacity of this newly established flight we have been working on for a long time, and I believe there is a strong potential for Budapest to become a regional logistics hub for Chinese enterprises.
“This forum provided a great opportunity to show this potential to important Chinese industry players.”
Cargo handling company for China Eastern Airlines, Eastern Air Logistics also took part in the discussions.
CEO of Eastern Air Logistics Co., Ltd; Chairman of the Board of China Cargo Airlines and Chairman of the Shanghai Cross-border E-commerce Association (SCEA), Li Jiupeng said, “We warmly welcome Budapest as our newest online destination within Europe,”
“We are confident that this will be a valuable addition to our network, which will act as the major air cargo linkage between Shanghai and Hungary.”
The special delegates visited the new state-of-the-art dedicated air cargo facility which is due to open in the fourth quarter of 2019. Director for Property and Cargo at Budapest Airport, Rene Droese had this to say, “There are a lot of opportunities ahead of us and we are proud to announce that in the space of only a year, we will be able to open a state-of-the-art 35,000 m2 air cargo facility called BUD Cargo City at Budapest Airport.”
Mr. Droese further added, “We see more and more interest among Hungarian export-oriented sectors like the automotive, pharmaceutical, and electronics industries in the development of air cargo in Hungary and it is our mission to support this drive with further developments.
“We strongly believe in our great potential for more air cargo capacities between Budapest, Shanghai and other Chinese logistics gateways.”