Budapest airport has just hosted a Chinese logistics and investment delegation for a one-day logistics forum that focussed on co-operation and e-commerce, as a new direct service between Hungary and China is to open this summer.

Shanghai Airlines, in partnership with China Eastern Airlines, will launch a thrice-weekly passenger route with belly cargo services between Budapest airport and Shanghai Pudong airport, China starting on June 7.

This week the airport cargo team welcomed representatives from the Shanghai Cross-border E-commerce Association, and Invest Shanghai, among others, to a day-long workshop and tour of the facilities, organised by the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency and the Consulate General of Hungary, Shanghai.

“This year marks the 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Hungary and China, and launching a direct flight between Budapest and Shanghai will provide further impetus in enhancing relations in all fields, especially tourism and logistics,” commented Szilárd Bolla, Consul General of Hungary, Shanghai.

“I see a great business demand for the cargo capacity of this newly established flight we have been working on for a long time, and I believe there is a strong potential for Budapest to become a regional logistics hub for Chinese enterprises."