Budapest Airport, which operates Liszt Ferenc International, signed a sister airport agreement with Shanghai Pudong International Airport during a Chinese-Hungarian logistics and e-commerce forum.
“The aim behind the signing of the sister airport agreement is to launch, in the framework of even closer cooperation, new passenger and cargo flights between the two airports, as soon as the regulatory framework allows, which could greatly facilitate touristic, economic and commercial relations between the continents,” Budapest Airport said. Passenger numbers at Shanghai Pudong International Airport reached about 76 million in 2019, while cargo volume came to 3.6 million tonnes. Eastern Air Logistics, a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines also announced at the forum that it will operate a direct cargo flight between Ningbo and Budapest from the end of May.
Budapest Airport co-organised the forum with the Hungarian consulate in Shanghai. Participants from China included the Shanghai Association of Social Sciences (SASS), the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), PwC Shanghai, China COSCO Shipping Corporation, China Eastern Airlines, Eastern Air Logistics, Alibaba, Cainiao Logistics and the China International Electronic Commerce Center (CIECC). Hungary was represented by the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA), the Hungarian-Chinese Chamber of Economy, Budapest Airport, CECZ Közép-európai, R-BAG Hungária, the National Tax and Customs Administration (NAV) and European Chinese Supply Chain (ECSC).