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Leipzig/Halle Airport sees ninth successive year of freight growth

By Hpanchal on August 14, 2013

For the ninth year in a row, freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany are growing.

After 438,274.5 tonnes of freight passed through the airport during the first half of 2013, representing a growth rate of 3.8 percent, the increase continued into July.

Volumes climbed to 513,275 tonnes from January to July, a rise of 3.7 percent. July volumes increased by 3.4 percent compared to July 2012.

The rise in freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport is above the German trend, which was -0.1 percent during the first half of 2013.

Markus Kopp

"Alongside the ongoing increase in volumes of express freight, the freight charter traffic is also showing positive developments. Our customers are using the local advantages at Leipzig/Halle Airport, particularly for heavy-duty and oversized shipments, and the experience of our subsidiary PortGround in handling these kinds of loads," Markus Kopp, CEO at Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding, said. "In addition to the regular flights by Antonov 124 and Boeing 747 cargo aircraft, the Antonov 225, the largest cargo aircraft in the world, has already visited Leipzig/Halle four times this year."

Leipzig/Halle Airport is Germany's second-largest airfreight hub and handled 863,665 tonnes of cargo in 2012. The airport has a 24-hour operating permit for cargo flights and direct links to the trans-European motorway and railway networks.

The runway system has two parallel runways, and the airport has a handling terminal for large animals, the Animal Export Center, and a veterinary border inspection point.

DHL has been operating its European hub at this airport since 2008. Leipzig/Halle Airport has also been the home base for AeroLogic, a joint venture between DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, since 2009. Freight services operate to about 60 destinations in more than 30 different countries from Leipzig/Halle Airport.

Volga-Dnepr Technics, a subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group based at the airport, moved into a newly built hangar as its maintenance base in January. Leipzig/Halle Airport has been home to the only European maintenance base for Antonov 124 aircraft since 2007.

With the opening of the hangar, Leipzig/Halle Airport now has a base that can accommodate aircraft up to the size of an Antonov 124 or an Airbus A380.

Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding is the parent brand of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG. It has three subsidiaries: Leipzig/Halle Airport, Dresden International Airport and PortGround. The group handled about 863,665 tonnes of freight in 2012.