Russia’s largest air cargo carrier introduces services to Budapest

AirBridgeCargo ABC currently operates more than 60 weekly flights from Europe (Budapest airport)

In its pursuit of growing cargo shipment demand between Europe and Asia, Russia’s AirBridgeCargo (ABC) Airlines, a major international long-haul airfreight carrier, has launched bi-weekly frequencies to Budapest from its Moscow Sheremetyevo hub.

These latest B747 freighter additions bring the airline’s expanding network of destinations to 11 and guarantee up to 139 tonnes of available capacity per flight for the entire cargo catchment area of Hungary’s capital city, as well as for neighbouring central and eastern European customers.

“Budapest has been expanding at a fast clip, upgrading its facilities, infrastructure, and solutions for freighter carriers and follows a cargo-friendly strategy,” highlights Sergey Lazarev, general director of ABC.

“Its advantageous central location in Europe makes Budapest Airport a perfect location for carriers operating between Asia and Europe. On top of this, we foresee an upsurge of e-commerce traffic [in the region], with a swelling demand for internet purchases among European consumers,” Lazarev adds.

Using ABC’s network of more than 30 destinations, Hungarian companies that produce electronic, automotive, pharmaceuticals and other high quality products can now reach out to their customers around the world through Moscow. “From next year on, our cargo partners in Budapest can operate from our brand new Cargo City which will provide 20,000 square metres of warehouse and office space, including for ABC staff,” reveals Jost Lammers, chief executive of Budapest Airport.

At the new flight’s launch ceremony, Levente Magyar, deputy foreign minister of Hungary, emphasised the role Budapest Airport plays in further developing the aviation connectivity of the country, and praised the fact that AirBridgeCargo has chosen Budapest as its new central and eastern European hub for widening its international network.

He also pointed out that, due the country’s central geographical location, logistics and transport are traditionally successful areas of the Hungarian economy.

AirBridgeCargo, part of Volga-Dnepr Group, has been steadfastly expanding its international route network, providing value-added services, powered by the latest technologies for all types of cargo, including temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals and perishables, as well as oversized and heavy goods, live animals and other products, the airline points out.

Currently it operates more than 60 weekly flights from Europe, thus boosting outbound cargo traffic opportunities and connecting customers to the rest of the world.

Azeri Silk Way West has also recently re-introduced Boeing 747-8F services to Budapest, returning to the Hungarian airport after a two-year hiatus.

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