Leipzig/Halle passes 500,000t mark in first half of 2016

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Leipzig Halle Airport

Leipzig/Halle Airport has passed for half million tonne mark in six months for the first time in its history, having handled 512,613 tonnes between January and June 2016.

Volumes at Leipzig/Halle, Germany’s second-largest cargo hub, were up 6.7 per cent during the first six months of 2016, and June saw a year-on-year increase of 8.4 per cent to 89,572 tonnes. Airport operator, Mitteldeutsche Flughafen says freight volumes have grown for the twelfth year in succession with sustained growth from the express division and charter operations developing in “a positive manner”.

Leipzig/Halle, which has two 3,600-metre runways, has served as the European hub for DHL since 2008 and is also the home base for AeroLogic, a joint venture between DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo.

The airport says it also offers the benefits of a 24-hour permit for cargo flights and direct links to the trans-European motorway and railway networks, including a daily link with important seaports via freight trains via its airfreight rail-handling centre.