Donnerstag, 19. Juli 2018

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Leipzig/Halle Airport advertises its services in Asia

Central Germany focuses on the air freight market in China and Singapore

Leipzig/Halle, (lifePR) - Leipzig/Halle Airport plans to expand its freight handling operations by further establishing closer connections with Asian markets and their high growth rates. That was the message from Markus Kopp, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding and Chairman of the Leipzig/Halle Air-port board, to coincide with his tour of Asia, which took him to China and Singapore. He met representatives of the partner airport, Shenzhen Bao'an International, at the China International Logistics and Transpor-tation Fair (CILF) in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. He then paid a visit to Singapore. It was his aim to make more contacts at the Air Cargo & Lo-gistics Asia conference held there and advertise the services available at the Central Germany logistics base.

Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding is aiming to distribute more goods exported from Asia and destined for European consumer markets through the Leipzig/Halle freight hub. The 24-hour operating licence for cargo flights, the excellent geographical location with outstanding connections to the European road and railway networks and the space to attract companies so that they can develop at or near the airport are just some of the benefits available there.

Leipzig/Halle has already had a partnership with the southern Chinese express hub, Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, since 2010. During talks with his Chinese partners, Kopp built on their visit to Leipzig/Halle in June this year and discussed other ways of enhancing the successful cooperation arrangement even further. "This partnership on an equal level forms the ideal basis for launching discussions with potential customers and jointly advertising our services with our Asian partners. The cooperation arrangement not only includes the mutual exchange of employees and experiences, but also joint trade fair stands in Asia and Europe. As a medium-sized company, we have to handle the most important strategic growth market in the world with local partners. Our partnership enables us to be a stronger force in the market place and push ahead with projects. Both airports and their logistics regions benefit from this in the long term," Kopp explained.

A joint visit to the China International Logistics and Transportation Fair (CILF), which was held in Shenzhen on 14 - 16 October, marked the start of the Asian tour. Leipzig/Halle presented its services on the partner airport's stand at China's most important logistics exhibition. Markus Kopp then exchanged ideas with his Chinese partners on the growing freight sector at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport and the Express Handling Center based there. He also visited the new passenger terminal, which is due to open this year and has the capacity to handle 45 million passengers per annum.

This second stop was Singapore, another of Asia's economically powerful urban regions, which is traditionally the most important hub for the global movement of goods in south-east Asia because of its geographical location and its outstanding infrastructure. Kopp engaged in discussions with many representatives of the sector at the Air Cargo & Logistics Asia Conference & Exhibition held there on 16 - 18 October and promoted the idea of greater networking with the Central German freight hub.

Leipzig/Halle Airport is Germany's second largest air freight hub and handled 863,665 tonnes of freight last year. The airport has a 24-hour operating licence for cargo flights and direct links to the trans-European motorway and railway networks. The airport has two parallel runways, each 3,600 metres long, and they can be used independently of each other, even in CAT III b conditions. The airport also has a modern handling terminal for large animals, the Animal Export Center, and a veterinary border inspection post.

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

Volga-Dnepr Technics GmbH, a subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group based at the airport, took over a newly constructed hangar as its maintenance base in January 2013. Leip-zig/Halle Airport has been home to the only European maintenance base for Antonov An-124 aircraft, the largest series production cargo plane in the world, since 2007. Since its opening, Leipzig/Halle Airport has had a hangar that can cope with the largest aircraft up to and including an Antonov An-124 or an Airbus A380. The hangar offers Volga-Dnepr Technics a facility to carry out maintenance work on both Russian and western planes, regardless of the weather outside. The building has its own apron area with direct links to the runway system. As many as five Antonov An-124 aircrafts or Boeing 747s can be ac-commodated on the apron.

Photo: Mr. Zhang Wanxing (DGM of Marketing Department of Shenzhen Airport Group Company Limited), Mr. Wu Qiaojun (DGM of International Cargo Centre of Shenzhen), Mr. Markus Kopp (CEO of Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding), Mr. Qin Lizhong (DGM of Shenzhen Airport Group Company Limited), Mr. Long Qiang (GM of Marketing Dept. of Shenzhen Airport Group Company Limited), Mr. Dieter Oppel (GM of ICCS), Mr. Lin Ronghui (GM of Shenzhen Fast Channel Logistics Company), Mrs. Li Juan (Manager of Airport Department of Shenzhen Municipal Government Transportation Commission) (v.l.n.r)

Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG

Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding is the umbrella brand of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, a company operated by the public sector. The group has three subsidiaries: Leipzig/Halle Airport, Dresden Airport International and PortGround.

The group handled about 4.2 million passengers and 864,000 tonnes of freight during 2012. The group directly employs more than 1,000 people. About 8,800 people work for various companies and public authorities at the Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG airports.

Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding - representing Leipzig/Halle Airport - has had a coopera-tion arrangement with the Shanghai Airport Authority - representing Shanghai Pudong International Airport - since 2012. The agreement focuses on developing new air freight routes and expanding existing ones, joint market development, customer acquisition and an exchange of information and personnel.

Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding has had a cooperation arrangement with the Shenzhen Airport Group since October 2010. The agreement also focuses on deliberate cooperation in the fields of market development and customer acquisition and involves a regular ex-change of information and personnel.

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