Qatar Airways Cargo to start third weekly freighter flight to Budapest

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Qatar Airways Cargo is to add a third weekly service to Budapest Airport after half a year of successful operations.

The third Airbus A330-200 Freighter flight with over 60 tonnes of capacity will operate on Fridays from 7 October, adding to the existing Thursday and Sunday A330-200F services and daily Airbus A320 flights with bellyhold capacity.

Budapest Airport chief executive officer (CEO), Jost Lammers says: “We are delighted to see the success of Qatar Airways Cargo operations, we welcome the frequency increase which is a quick response to market needs in Hungary and Qatar.”

“The operations of Qatar Airways Cargo fit perfectly into our airport’s strategic plans to become a leading cargo centre in Central-Eastern Europe.”

Qatar Airways CEO, Ulrich Ogiermann says the initial twice-weekly service has been popular with customers, with high loads of high-value commodities including automotive parts, machinery and increasing volumes of temperature controlled pharmaceuticals.

He comments: “Budapest remains an important strategic hub for Qatar Airways Cargo, and our services maximise the potential of its geographical position in Eastern Europe.”

Between January and August 2016 Budapest’s cargo volumes have increased 14.8 per cent to 70,268 tonnes, with commodities including Hungarian electronics, fine machinery, automotive, pharmaceutical and biotechnology products.