Leipzig/Halle flourishes with mix of niche clients
It may be lacking in cargo generating manufacturing outside its doorstep and certainly the lack of passenger connectivity and related belly cargo limits its appeal for some carriers, but all this is more than made up for by its keen logistics focus, ability to easily expand and most of all, 24/7 unrestricted access. Donald Urquhart has the story.
June 1, 2014
By Donald Urquhart
To say Leipzig/Halle Airport occupies a unique niche in the realm of global airports is no exaggeration. As a relatively ‘young’ airport – one of many that emerged in Eastern Europe in the years after the fall the ‘Iron Curtain’ in the early 1990’s – it offers many things that traditional air cargo hubs in Europe cannot. Most notably: Vast land space for expansion and 24/7 operations – no small feat in otherwise congested airport situations around Europe. And also, as in life, young for an airport also means up-to-date with the latest infrastructure.
It is of course natural to be unabashedly enthusiastic about the airport’s potential for the CEO of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, the parent company of Leipzig/Halle airport, Markus Kopp. For Kopp, who previously spend some 20 years on the airline side of the business, Leipzig/Halle “is simply the best place in Europe for infrastructure.”
“It is the good thing about being young – the younger you are as an airport, the better the infrastructure you have,” he says, pointing to the airports two runways, modern terminal facilities including a perishables centre, veterinary facilities, one passenger and two cargo rail tracks directly into the airport, excellent road connectivity and substantial land for expansion and building of cargo related facilities. And having being granted one of Germany’s longest expiring permits for 24-hour operations by the country’s highest court is clearly a lynch pin of the airport’s unique selling point.