Menzies’ cargo extension at BUD officially opened

Menzies Aviation’s Tibor Fazekas, Managing Director Cargo and Levente Varga (Quality & CEIV Manager), Bud Airport’s René Droese, Chief Development Officer and Deputy CEO, Réka Sebestyén, Property Development Director, and József Kossuth, Cargo Director, joined with other BUD stakeholders on 13FEB24, to celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Budapest Cargo City, and thus officially open Menzies’ facility extension. Already operational since DEC23, the extension in which the aviation services provider invested over USD 1 million for its construction and another USD 6 million on the ongoing lease, has increased Menzies’ European freight capacity. Less than 5 years after it first moved in to Budapest Airport’s (BUD) Cargo City, which opened in NOV19, Menzies already needed to expand. Thus a 10,000 m² extension was added, which has almost doubled the company’s warehouse space from previously 4,000 m² to 7,000 m², and enables a cargo handling capacity of 85,000 tons/year as opposed to the previous 49,000 tons/year. The state-of-the-art facility includes new temperature controlled, animal and valuable cargo rooms, a 1,500 m² maneuvering area for truck and ground support equipment (GSE), and a 300 m² office and social space.

Cutting the ribbon at BUD Cargo City’s newest facility. Image: Menzies

Beau Paine, Global Head of Cargo, Menzies Aviation, said: “BUD Cargo City has established itself as a key gateway to Central and Eastern Europe, and this exciting expansion cements the facility’s position at the heart of the regional cargo network. The increased capacity provided by this extension forms an important part of Menzies’ ambitious cargo expansion strategy, which has seen us build strong partnerships across the world. We’re excited to expand our cargo footprint across Europe and beyond over the coming months and years.”

René Droese, Chief Development Officer and Deputy CEO of Budapest Airport, added: “Thanks to nearly a decade of dedicated work, BUD is now one of the most dynamic airports in cargo traffic development in the CEE region. One of the keys to our success is the cohesive cargo community we have consciously built up, which gives us the opportunity to think together with our partners and develop fully in line with their needs. An excellent example of this forward-looking collaboration is the newly expanded Cargo Handling Building, which we implemented in close cooperation with Menzies.”

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