‘Connect differently’ is the motto of Budapest, Dusseldorf and Hamburg airports as they present their cooperation at the Air Cargo China trade fair in Shanghai.
The three airports who form AviAlliance will present their common features and characteristics of their logistics hubs in a joint presentation at booth 521 in Hall N1 on 16 May.
The aim of the joint presence is to present the benefits of the three non-hub airports to the specialist public as a bundled package, following cooperation at the Air Cargo Europe exhibition in Munich in May 2017.
Hamburg Airport head of cargo, Alexander Muller says cargo does not have to be processed at major hubs, as smaller airports have benefits they can offer.
He says: “With efficient operational processes, a direct connection to the apron, and a multi-user concept, our Hamburg Airport Cargo Center, which opened in 2016, is ideally suited to provide efficient, tailored logistics solutions.
“In total, the HACC has capacity for around 150,000 tonnes of freight per year — more than double the volume handled in 2017. In cooperation with Düsseldorf and Budapest airports, our position is optimal.”
Budapest Airport director of cargo and property, Rene Droese says the Hungarian airport believes it is the best distribution point in Central and Eastern Europe, and its partnership with Dusseldorf and Hamburg will strengthen its position.
He says: “The air cargo relevant industrial output is booming in our region, including export and import cargo for the automotive, electronics, and pharmaceutical industries and the very important e-commerce market.
“Our cargo traffic increased by 39 per cent in two years at Budapest, our plan is to attract more freighter and belly cargo routes to our airport, and to hand over the brand new Cargo City in 2019 to provide an ideal environment for further cargo growth.”
Dusseldorf Airport Cargo managing director, Gerton Hulsman adds that due to Dusseldorf’s location with 18 million inhabitants and numerous pharmaceutical companies within a 100 kilometre radius, it was essential to undergo the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) in Pharmaceutical Logistics programme.
He says: “It was clear that Düsseldorf Airport Cargo GmbH officially became Germany’s first CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators) certified company in order to guarantee a flawless cool chain for pharmaceutical products.
“Together with Budapest and Hamburg Airport we are looking forward to expand our networks, to arrange new cooperations and to present our CEIV certificate at the Air Cargo China in Shanghai.”