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First flight out for Hungarian horses

BUDAPEST: August 15, 2017. Cargolux and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics have flown 14 Hungarian-bred racehorses from Budapest via Luxembourg and Beijing to Wuhan, China. This was the first such flight since Hungary obtained a license last year to export horses by air.

Budapest Cargolux horses 2Handlers and vets accompanied the Friesian and Shagya Arabian bloodstock, trained for the equestrian sport of combined driving, on one of Cargolux's three flights a week linking Budapest with Luxembourg where the horses rested prior to their 12-hour onward flight to Beijing.

"These were unforgettable moments in our company's life and we are really proud of this success story," said Dénes Szigeti, airfreight manager for Hellmann Worldwide Logistics in Hungary. "We were making history, No forwarder has ever transported horses from Budapest Airport to China directly by regular flight.

"Our whole special live animal team was working on this transportation project side by side which was a great success. Special thanks to the Hungarian live animal team for their dedication and hard work and also special thanks to all of the involved parties who helped us. Our dream has come true," he added.

Since the 2008 Olympics equestrian sports and events have become increasingly popular in China with more than half a million Chinese riding on a regular basis every year. As a result, there is a growing market demand for importing sport and breeding horses.

Budapest Airport, which handled more than 72,000 tons of air cargo during the first seven months of 2017 - an increase of nearly 20 percent year-on-year – is planning to build its own live animal facilities to cater for the growth in exports.

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