Airports Leipzig/Halle Airport invests in infrastructure

  • Leipzig/Halle Airport

Germany’s second largest air cargo hub has announced to invest in the development of the infrastructure.

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Volumes of freight at Leipzig/Halle Airport, Germany’s second-largest air cargo hub, have increased more than tenfold since 2007 and continue to grow at a disproportionately high rate.

In response to the growing volume of traffic, the airport has now published its plans for the expansion.

The plans involve expanding apron 4, building additional taxiways and enlarging buildings. In order to prepare the way for the plan revision procedure required for this, Leipzig/Halle Airport is intending to submit the associated documents to the Saxon State Directorate at the beginning of 2019. The apron 4 area is located in the south-west part of the airport and is used by DHL Express.

According to the press release, the expansion work is necessary because of the continual rise in the volume of shipments at the DHL hub in Leipzig. The numbers of items handled have risen by about 150,000 since 2010 to a figure of 350,000 every night at the moment.

This long-term development means that the parking space for aircraft needs to be expanded. Then there is the fact that larger cargo aircraft will be transporting freight within the DHL network in future. They will include the Airbus A330 freighter planes, which will be integrated as new aircraft in the fleet.

The plans involve extending the stand space capacity for aircraft and two taxiway links from the apron area to the southern runway. They also involve constructing two taxiways in the north-east and south-east areas for the southern runway; plans for the latter have already gained official approval.

Overall, the planned space for taxiways and apron expansion covers an area measuring 67 hectares. The planned investments for constructing the taxiways and expanding the apron area will total about EUR 210 million and will be made available by Leipzig/Halle Airport.   

Flughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH is a subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG. It handled about 2.36 million passengers and 1.14 million tonnes of air freight in 2017. Leipzig/Halle Airport is therefore the second-largest cargo airport in Germany and the number five in Europe.

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