Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport, Europe’s fourth-largest air cargo hub, rose by 20.9% to a figure of more than 359,000 tonnes during the first quarter of this year.
The German airport saw air cargo demand increase by 20.9% year on year during the first quarter to 359,000 tonnes, following on from record volumes on 1.4m tonnes last year.
In a press release, Leipzig/Halle explained: “The airport is increasingly being used as a handling centre for medical air supplies and protective equipment in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It has therefore regularly handled cargo charter flights that have been transporting millions of Covid-19 tests during the past few weeks, in addition to normal traffic. These shipments included about 690,000 Covid-19 antigen rapid tests for schools in Saxony. Nearly all these cargo flights are being operated by passenger aircraft.”