BUD cargo set to blossom

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A 10,000sqm extension to Budapest Airport’s Cargo City was officially opened on Tuesday 13 February, thanks in part to a multi-million-dollar investment by Menzies Aviation.

The expansion of the facility will increase Menzies’ cargo capacity from 49,000 to 85,000 tons per year. New temperature controlled, animal and valuable cargo rooms will also enable Menzies to diversify and provide secure cargo handling to its customers.

Menzies was one of the first occupants to lease space at BUD Cargo City when it was opened in 2019. The upgrade to Menzies’ facilities includes a 3,000sq m warehouse expansion, a 1,500sqm maneuvering area for truck and ground support equipment and a 300sq m office and social space. Following the expansion, the warehouse space available to Menzies has increased from 4,000sqm to 7,000sqm.

Menzies Aviation global head of cargo, Beau Paine, said: “BUD Cargo City has established itself as a key gateway to Central and Eastern Europe, and this exciting expansion cements the facility’s position at the heart of the regional cargo network. The increased capacity provided by this extension forms an important part of Menzies’ ambitious cargo expansion strategy, which has seen us build strong partnerships across the world. We’re excited to expand our cargo footprint across Europe and beyond over the coming months and years.”

Budapest Airport chief development officer and deputy chief executive, René Droese, added: “Thanks to nearly a decade of dedicated work, BUD is now one of the most dynamic airports in cargo traffic development in the CEE region. One of the keys to our success is the cohesive cargo community we have consciously built up, which gives us the opportunity to think together with our partners and develop fully in line with their needs. An excellent example of this forward-looking collaboration is the newly expanded Cargo Handling Building, which we implemented in close cooperation with Menzies.”

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