Budapest Airport: Air Cargo Handling conference in Budapest
20-Sep-2017 Budapest Airport is hosting another major aviation conference in the Hungarian capital. No less than 300 aviation experts, including executives from cargo airlines, international logistics companies and airports, have arrived from all over the world for the event, which focuses on three different areas of air cargo transportation.
The Air Cargo Handling conference is being held at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, and was opened by Dr. Petra Pana, deputy under-secretary of state from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The four-day event covers three different areas, air cargo handling, special aerial transportation containers (unit load device, ULD) and cool chain transportation, primarily for pharmaceutical and biological products. The conference is being hosted by Budapest Airport.
Air cargo traffic in Hungary has been increasing dynamically over the past months, even exceeding the double-digit growth rate registered in passenger traffic. This is attributable partly to the advantageous location of Budapest Airport in the heart of Central Europe, and also to the rapid increase in demand for exports for the Hungarian economy. Budapest Airport has implemented significant developments in cargo over the past years, in order to keep pace with the steadily growing aerial and ground logistics needs. State-of-the-art logistics facilities, consisting of warehouse and office areas, were constructed for TNT and DHL Express near Terminal 1 and handed over this summer. Next year, Budapest Airport will begin the construction of a new air cargo base, called the Cargo City, near Terminal 2, as part of its BUD2020 development program.
“We are delighted to welcome the key players of the international air cargo community in Budapest at the ACH Conference,” said René Droese, property director in charge of air cargo at Budapest Airport. He added that hosting such a prestigious conference is important, not only for the networking opportunities, but also for the host airport to highlight its logistics advantages to participants. The dynamic growth of air cargo in Budapest also leads to the creation of new, highly skilled jobs in the Southern Pest region.