Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) continue to grow in double digits. In October, the LEJ, Europe’s fifth-largest cargo airport, recorded a new high in air freight volumes. Compared to the same month of the previous year, cargo handling increased by 10.9 percent to 124,881 tonnes.
The number of cargo flights increased by 8.7 percent compared to October of the previous year to 4,501.
In the first ten months of the year, air freight volume increased by 8.4 percent to more than 1.11 million tonnes. As a result, the air cargo handling at the LEJ continues to grow disproportionately and contrary to the negative trend across Germany.
LEJ: Amazon AirAt the beginning of November, Amazon Air opened its first regional air freight centre in Europe at the LEJ. The company uses a newly built 20,000-square-metre freight facility with direct access to the apron.
LEJ: Prepared for the handling of vaccinesThe LEJ offers its customers CEIV pharma certification. The airport is able to handle temperature- and time-critical pharmaceutical shipments such as vaccines around the clock. PortGround GmbH is responsible for this. It is part of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG and specialises in aircraft and cargo handling.
The airport’s refrigerated warehouse is located in the World Cargo Center (WCC). This has direct access to the apron. This ensures short transport distances and stable cold chains to and from the aircraft and trucks.
LEJ: DHL HubAt LEJ, DHL Express operates its largest hub in the world. Up to 2,000 tons are handled here every day. LEJ is also home to AeroLogic, a joint venture between DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo.
This year, the airport initiated a planning change procedure with a volume of around 300 million euros. In August, the airport submitted the necessary documents to the competent planning authority, the Saxony Regional Directorate. The focus is on the expansion of the apron areas in the area of the DHL hub in order to create additional parking positions for aircraft.
LEJ: Cargo- friendly AirportWith up to 1,000 weekly cargo flights, the Leipzig/Halle air freight hub ensures reliable logistics and supply chains for freight flows within Europe and worldwide. The airport also offers multimodal transport links.
LEJ is directly connected to the trans-European motorway and rail network in both north-south and east-west directions. This allows, among other things, that 15 European countries can be reached by truck in eight hours from the LEJ.
The airport covers the entire product portfolio along the supply chain 24/7 for freight forwarders, charter brokers and airlines. At the LEJ, all types of air cargo and cargo aircraft can be handled around the clock, 365 days a year. In addition to General and Outsize Cargo, this also includes pharmaceutical and e-commerce shipments as well as live large animals and dangerous goods shipments.
In total, around 60 cargo airlines serve the airport and serve a route network that comprises more than 280 destinations worldwide. In 2019, freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport amounted to around 1.24 million tonnes.