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Silk Way re-opens Budapest-Baku cargo service


Silk Way West Airlines has relaunched scheduled freighter service to Budapest after a two-year break. Its first flight on March 18 to Liszt Ferenc International airport is to be followed by a twice-weekly Boeing 747 freighter service between Baku and Budapest.
The company says it re-introduced the Budapest service in addition to Vienna and Kiev as part of its European expansion programme that will see more destinations added to its network this year, reported London's FreightWeek.
"We have recognised an increasing demand for scheduled services to and from Eastern Europe, which we believe came along with the rise of the e-commerce and tech business in this specific region," said Silk Way West Airlines CEO Wolfgang Meier.
"In the spirit of the ancient Silk Road, we want to facilitate this growth by providing regular shipping opportunities to Central Europe as well as into the booming Middle Eastern and Asian markets with the establishment of this connection," he added.
According to Ren Droese, director property and cargo of Budapest Airport, the new flight creates additional export opportunities for Hungarian industry in Middle East and Asia markets.
Budapest Airport processed a record 127,145 tonnes of cargo in 2017, up 13.4 per cent on the previous year. Import traffic was 47.8 per cent of the total while air exports were 52.2 per cent.
The Central Europe hub began 2018 with a record 17.4 per cent increase in January/February traffic to total 21,750 tonnes. According to Mr Droese, the airport covers an air cargo catchment from Ukraine to the Czech Republic and from Poland to Bulgaria "where the relevant air cargo industrial production is booming."
Budapest opened two new express facilities totalling 16,000 square metres last year and will open a 20,000 square metre 'Cargo City' in the second quarter of 2019 to expand cargo handling capacity to 250,000 tonnes per year.
Silk Way West Airlines currently operates ten B747 freighters connecting China, Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and North America via Baku.

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