Leipzig Halle Airport saw a record monthly figure for cargo volumes in July, as tonnage was up 7.7 per cent year on year (YOY).
Germany’s second busiest airfreight airport and Europe’s fifth in terms of volumes, handled 84,397 tonnes in the month, which it says is the most cargo it has ever handled in a single month.
From January to July Leipzig Halle has seen an 8.5 per cent YOY rise in volumes to 564,778 tonnes, compared to the same seven months in 2014. In the first half of the year, volumes at Leipzig Halle, reached 480,377 tonnes, 8.7 per cent above the figure for the previous year. In June it handled 82,640 tonnes. In May volumes reached 81,942 tonnes, in April, volumes were 82,148 tonnes and in March, it was 83,846 tonnes.
The airport told Air Cargo Week in June, that growth was due to having a 24/7 operating permit for cargo flights and providing extensive connections to the trans-European motorway and railway networks.
Cargo infrastructure now includes a modern handling terminal for large animals, the Animal Export Center, and a veterinary border inspection post.
Leipzig Halle says another factor in rising volumes is the developing express services sector, where its man customer DHL is the driving force and expanding its capacity by 50 per cent.
The airport says it has also been able to establish itself in niche markets like outsized freight and military logistics or freight charter services.
Cargo flights operate to around 60 destinations in more than 30 countries from Leipzig Halle at the moment.
Leipzig Halle handled 910,708 tonnes of cargo in 2014. Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding chief executive officer, Markus Kopp, said earlier this year the airport was able to continue consolidating its position in cargo from an increase in express freight and additional routes to Russia and Asia.