Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ), Europe’s fourth-largest air cargo hub, are continuing to grow. The airport handled 133,873 tonnes of freight in July, 9.1 percent more than in the same month in the previous year.
During the first seven months of this year, the volume increased by 18.9 percent to a figure of approx. 899,682 tonnes in comparison with the same period in the previous year. This means that the significant growth in freight is continuing in the second half of this year too.
The airport handled more than 1.38 million tonnes of freight last year, setting a new record.
LEJ – the hub for express and e-commerce consignments, freight charter flights, large animals and medical supplies
Leipzig/Halle Airport is one of the cargo airports with the most dynamic growth rates in the world. The airport safeguards important logistics and supply chains for industry and the general population as Germany's second-largest air freight handling centre.
The airport is acting as a transhipment centre for medical supplies and protective equipment in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. It has therefore regularly handled freight charter flights during the past few months – in addition to regular traffic – and, among other things, they have transported millions of Covid-19 tests.
LEJ also provides ideal conditions for transporting live animals and has a handling building specifically intended for this purpose and measuring 1,300 square metres.
Dozens of horses or foals or even complete herds of pregnant cows have been handled here during the last few months.
The airport is DHL’s largest hub anywhere in the world and is the first regional air freight centre for Amazon Air in Europe. This means that the airport is one of the most important hubs for express and e-commerce consignments.
Overall, 82 freight airlines fly to the airport and serve a network of routes, which covers 271 destinations worldwide. The airport registers as many as 1,300 take-offs and landings for freight traffic every week.
More than 10,800 people are employed at Leipzig/Halle Airport or at companies and public authorities based there. This figure includes about 8,200 working in the freight handling, cargo airlines, logistics and freight forwarding sectors alone.