22. February 2021

Interview with József Kossuth

Mr. József Kossuth is the head of cargo for Budapest Airport. He joined Budapest Airport Zrt (BUD) in 2008. He is responsible for managing the airport cargo business development, sales and marketing, and he co-ordinates the work of the air cargo community. His mission is to support the development of the air cargo industry in the Central Eastern European region and improve the air cargo environment for all air cargo business partners. He works with passion to increase the regional cargo hub role of BUD utilizing the expanding cargo potentials in the Central Eastern European region.
Mr. Kossuth has spent his entire carrier in the Aviation Industry. From 2003 he worked as Assistant Fuel Manager for Malév Hungarian Airlines, Sales Manager of Airport Fuel Supply Ltd. subsidiary of (BUD), responsible for fuel service purchasing, sales, and marketing activities. From 2008 to 2014, he worked as Controlling Manager for BUD. His task was dealing with capital expenditure and airport development projects of the airport and other controlling activities, and he joined the air cargo business department of BUD in 2015.
Besides, he is the Board Member of the Hungarian Logistic Service Centres Association and Head of the Aviation Working Group of the Hungarian Freight Forwarder Association and represents the association in the international aviation working group of FIATA. József Kossuth has gained a Master of Economy specialized in Management from the University of Miskolc in Hungary in 2003.

Budapest Airport is one of the most important strategic facilities in Hungary and one of the most important passengers and cargo airports in Central Eastern Europe. It is also one of the largest and most attractive employers in Hungary. Budapest Airport has been continuously expanding its route network. At the end of 2019, 153 destinations in 49 countries were accessible from the airport directly. In 2019, BUD welcomed 16.2 million passengers, and Budapest Airport served this dynamic growth in passenger traffic with continuous developments. BUD continuously improves the passenger experience and provides reliability for the passengers. Demonstrating this ambition, Budapest Airport has an excellent track record in service quality, which has been recognized with the Skytrax award of “best airport in the region” seven times in a row – the first time in the history of the awards that an Eastern European airport kept its top position for seven consecutive years. In 2019, the airlines also named BUD’s marketing team the best one in the world from hundreds of airports. The airport has a strong focus on the air cargo business too. In January 2020, it handed over its new state of the art air cargo center BUD Cargo City, with 32 800 m2 new air cargo warehouse and office facility and a 32 000 m2 new cargo apron for cargo aircraft (50m EUR total investment). Besides the covid-19 affected global environment the cargo traffic was stable at BUD last year, the airport handled 134 459 tons air cargo and 6 118 cargo flights (+17.6%) in 2020, the cargo traffic started booming in the last quarter of 2020 with record cargo numbers at the airport.
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