Budapest Airport processed a record 127,145 tonnes of cargo in 2017, up 13.4 per cent on the previous year, and 39.1 per cent on 2015.
The Hungarian hub ended the year with a balanced market share, with imports at 47.8 per cent, and exports at 52.2 per cent.
January to February 2018 figures were a record 21,750 tonnes, up 17.4 per cent on the same period last year.
Budapest Airport has leveraged a strong belly cargo network, with LOT Polish Airlines set to launch two flights per week to Chicago, and four flights per week to New York, and American Airlines set to commence a daily service to Philadelphia, creating direct links between the USA and Hungary.
The Central European hub opened two new express facilities totalling 16,000 m2 in the summer of 2017, as part of its EUR160 million (HUF50 billion) BUD:2020 Development Programme.
A 20,000 m2 dedicated freight centre, called Cargo City, will be handed over in the second quarter of 2019, and will expand the hub’s cargo handling capacity to 250,000 tonnes per year.