Budapest to play key role in China-Eastern Europe cooperation

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Left to right: René Droese, Property Director at Budapest Airport, Szilárd Bolla, Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai, and Zoltan Illes, Chief Executive Officer at Hungarian Post

Budapest Airport and Hungary is hoping to play a leading role in expanding economic cooperation between China and Central Eastern Europe was the message of the Sino-Hungarian Logistics Forum.

The forum in Shanghai held under the sponsorship of the Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai, with the participation of a series of key players ranging from the postal services of the two countries, logistics and e-commerce operators to cargo airlines.

The logistics forum with the participation of high-ranking Hungarian government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Ministry of National Development, the latter in charge of transport and logistics, a series of trade companies, and e-commerce enterprises.

The operator of Ferenc Liszt International Airport has been actively seeking contacts with important players in the Shanghai region for the past three years, and Budapest has established contacts and stepped into a written cooperation agreement with Ningbo International Airport to enhance trade commerce between the two regions.

Budapest Airport property director, Rene Droese says: “We initiated this logistics forum to introduce the opportunities in Hungary and especially at Budapest Airport to large, market leading Chinese logistics companies, like Alibaba. They export lots of cargo to Central and Eastern Europe and we would like to partner them in the regional distribution.”

Budapest says it has ample room for developing cargo operations, both in runway capacity and airport land available for logistics development.

Two major logistics bases will be handed over to TNT and DHL Express near Terminal 1 this summer, while preparations have started for building a Cargo City near Terminal 2 for dedicated cargo airline operations.