The only Antonov AN-70 cargo aircraft in the world visited Leipzig/Halle Airport

What is currently the only Antonov AN-70 cargo aircraft in the world visited Leipzig/Halle Airport today for the very first time. The Ukrainian transport aircraft made a stopover at the Central German airport, arriving from Istres in France, before it continued its journey to its home base at Kiev Gostomel Airport. This is the third time in all that the aircraft has visited Germany.

Schkeuditz, Germany, 2015-9-29 — /Travel PR News/ — The four-engine plane with counter-rotating propellers can transport up to 47 tonnes of freight. It has a wing span of more than 44 metres, it is almost 41 metres long and more than 16 metres high. The maximum take-off weight is approx.135 tonnes.

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Leipzig/Halle Airport: 24/7 for cargo flights and direct links to European road and railway networks
With annual figures totalling more than 910,700 tonnes in 2014, Leipzig/Halle Airport is the fifth largest cargo hub in Europe. Overall, the volume of cargo grew by 8.1 percent to a figure of round 640.000 tonnes between January and August.

The airport has a 24-hour operating permit for cargo flights and direct connections to the trans-European motorway and railway networks. As a result, Leipzig/Halle provides ideal conditions for transporting goods by road and rail. There are two parallel runways, each 3,600 metres long, and they can be used independently of each other in CAT III b conditions. The airport also has a modern handling terminal for large animals, the Animal Export Center, and a veterinary border inspection post.

DHL has been operating its European hub at the airport since 2008. Leipzig/Halle Airport is also the home base for Aerologic, a joint venture between DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo.

Two Antonov 124-100 aircraft has been permanently stationed at Leipzig/Halle since 2006 as part of the SALIS Project (Strategic Interim Solution).

Ruslan Salis GmbH, a cooperation arrangement between the Volga-Dnepr Group and the Antonov Design Bureau, opened the only European maintenance base for Antonov 124-100 aircraft in January 2007. A subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group – Volga Dnepr Technics – has been using a newly constructed hangar as its maintenance base since 2012. This company has been operating under the Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Service GmbH (AMTES GmbH) name since this year. The airport also operates regular freight charter flights and a scheduled service to Moscow (operated by Air Bridge Cargo).

Cargo flights operate to approx. 60 destinations in more than 30 countries from Leipzig/Halle Airport at the moment.

Leipzig/Halle Airport is a subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding. 2,331,399 passengers and 910,708 tonnes of air freight passed through the airport in 2014. This makes Leipzig/Halle Airport Germany’s second-largest for cargo.

The airport is connected to the A 9 and A 14 motorways and has a railway station integrated within the central terminal. Passengers can reach the check-in area directly from the railway station and multi-storey car park.

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