Volga-Dnepr Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitteldeutsche Flughafen to develop Leipzig/Halle Airport as a multimodal hub for scheduled and charter operations.
The memorandum of understanding was signed in the presence of Saxon state minister of finances, Dr Matthias Hass at the 53rd International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France.
Both companies plan to intensify their cooperation in the fields of marketing, sales as well as the development of business and personnel.
As many as 500 new jobs are due to be created in various fields as part of the cooperation agreement.
Volga-Dnepr will operate both charter and scheduled operations to and from Leipzig/Halle, with regular and project traffic on board AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Volga-Dnepr Airlines.
The Boeing fleet will fly up 20 weekly flights to and from Leipzig/Halle by the end of 2021, gradually increasing to 50 in 2030.
Konstantin Vekshin, executive president of charter cargo operations at Volga-Dnepr says: “We have been striving to set up and develop effective system of regional hubs throughout the world to secure timely response to our customers’ requirements, specifically, given a recent trend involving greater share and volumes of special loads.”
Saying that Volga-Dnepr’s long-term commitment to Leipzig/Halle has been a success story, Hass says: “This achievement in attracting the company once again shows that we’ve adopted the right course at the airport. Leipzig/Halle Airport will make major investments during the next few years. This will create more jobs and the complete Leipzig/Halle region will benefit as a result.”
Götz Ahmelmann, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen says: “Our strategy for Leipzig/Halle is clear. There are capacity bottlenecks in air traffic across Europe. We have the capacity reserves that are urgently required. We’re delighted that the Volga-Dnepr Group, one of our most important partners, is now taking the next step in its development.”