Builders have completed the construction of the structure of the largest building in Budapest Airport’s (BUD) dedicated freight terminal, BUD Cargo City.
The external structure of the larger of two warehouse buildings, which covers 232,500sq ft (21,600m²), was completed in only nine months since the project began, and BUD cargo staff, builders and regional partners celebrated with a topping out ceremony.
Speaking at the event, René Droese, chief property and cargo officer said: “The topping out ceremony marks another important step towards the opening of BUD Cargo City, which will cement our position as the air cargo hub for Central and Eastern Europe.
“Since record-breaking air cargo volumes and growth in 2018, handled volumes have remained stable at BUD this year, bucking the industry-wide trend for 2019.”
Work will now continue on the interior of the building which will also include office space.
“The pre-leasing ratio of BUD Cargo City demonstrates a clear demand for high-quality facilities, and we believe that with all efforts and steps to create an ideal home for air cargo at BUD, we will attract much more cargo from our catchment zone in the future than today,” said Mr Droese.
BUD Cargo City will also include a dedicated forwarder building measuring 120,555 sq ft (11,200 m²) and a 344,445sq ft (32,000m²) concrete apron.
This will provide additional new parking positions for the simultaneous handling of two Boeing B-747-8F type aircraft. The work is funded by Budapest Airport, and is set for completion in quarter four this year.