“There is huge potential at Budapest Airport in terms of air freight transport, and even more potential if we look beyond the world of air transport,” said René Droese, Chief Development Officer for Budapest Airport. He added: “There is fierce competition between countries in the region for intermodal freight developments and investments. Here in Budapest, we have excellent conditions – logistics environment, infrastructure – for this, so we are delighted to welcome Mahart Container Center as one of the first representatives of intermodality at the airport as we jointly put Hungary at the center of the economic map of the region”, bud.hu said.
“The lease of the container depot at Budapest Airport fits perfectly into MAHART Container Center’s business policy. The area has excellent characteristics, it is easily accessible and is suitable for storing a large amount of containers. The containers stored here will help to relieve congestion at our Csepel terminal, contributing to efficient operations. By using the new depot, we will be able to serve new business partners, which will give us the opportunity to further develop environmentally friendly intermodal transport solutions,” said managing director Zoltán Fábián.
The final destination for air cargo arriving at Budapest Airport is not necessarily Hungary. In many cases, the cargo handled here is also used to supply other Central and Eastern European countries. Freight transport plays an extremely important role in supplying the economy and commerce, and thus, Hungarian society. Since its handover, the BUD Cargo City has been making steady progress towards becoming the leading aerial gateway to East-Central Europe, and opening to intermodal transport could further strengthen its role as a regional freight handling hub.
The development of the container terminal site is part of a major infrastructure development project for which the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) provided a total of 14 841 000 EUR in grants in 2018.