Budapest Airport cargo volume recorded 36% increase in 2021 vs 2020
2021 was the strongest year ever in terms of cargo volume: Budapest exceeded the dream threshold of 180,000 tons
Budapest Airport (BUD) cargo volumes soar to unprecedented records, says the official press release. Last year, the Hungarian gateway processed a total of 183,362 tons of air cargo, an increase from 2020 of 36 per cent.
2021 was a significant year for air cargo in many ways. The coronavirus pandemic, changing logistics, e-commerce trends and expectations resulting from it, have presented airports around the world with huge challenges. Budapest Airport's timely decision to establish a brand new cargo base – BUD Cargo City – at the end of 2019 has enabled it to meet the unexpected challenges of the pandemic, ahead of many competing airports.
2021 was the strongest year ever in terms of cargo volume: Budapest exceeded the dream threshold of 180,000 tons.Among the major cargo airports in Central and Eastern Europe, Budapest saw the largest increase (+35.3%) in cargo volume compared to 2019, competing increasingly closely with the region's other leading airports, Vienna and Munich, in terms of cargo handling.
René Droese, chief development officer, Budapest Airport emphasised: "Pharmaceutical logistics has its important and stable position in the cargo plans of the airport, the IATA CEIV Pharma quality assurance system is under implantation in a community approach at BUD; two cargo handling companies are already certified, and several freight forwards received the license or are under certification in Q1 2022. Joint actions with the cargo community are vital part of the development work of BUD Cargo, more efficient operational processes or improvements in cargo digitization, including a new cargo community system, are on its short-term actions list."
Last year, practically every month brought new records in the cargo volume handled, and the airport ended the year with 183,362 tons of cargo, a 36.4 per cent increase compared to 2020. In addition, this was achieved with a sustainable 4.8 per cent growth in the number of cargo flights.
Several factors contributed to cargo figures being outstanding. On the one hand – besides the years of intense cargo development work by BUD and its cargo community – the pandemic changed logistic processes as the safety and speed of air cargo provided steady support to the economy and competitiveness during the pandemic.
Chris Dinsdale, CEO, Budapest Airport highlighted: "Our cargo developments will continue; Budapest Airport decided last year to further expand the BUD Cargo City, handed over two years ago, with preparatory works already under way and construction scheduled to start in 2022. The airport operator's air cargo activities currently involve around 2,000 direct jobs at the airport and a further 12,000 through the associated ecosystem. With the expansion planned in the coming years, the airport will further strengthen its role in the national economy and its ability to create jobs, and thus the country's competitiveness as well."
Budapest Airport's new cargo handling base, covering 32,000 sq meter building and 40,000 sq meter new cargo apron area, known as the BUD Cargo City, played a key role in the fight against the pandemic. The vast majority of the tens of millions of vaccine doses arriving in the country did so through Budapest Airport.