Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST) is now certified under the IATA CEIV Pharma Certification programme and anticipates growing pharma traffic.
“Pharma is an important segment in airfreight,” says Maastricht Aachen Airport managing director Jos Roeven. Roeven highlights that the South Netherlands in general, but also in Limburg, are known around the world for its pharmaceutical industry, citing companies like Medtronic, Abbott, Boston Scientific, Medrad and Merit Medical.
Dutch airports are expected to see an additional boost from the pharma sector next year after the move from London to Amsterdam by the European Medicines Agency following the Brexit departure of Britain from the European Union.
The lesser-known Netherlands airport, after Amsterdam Schiphol, said that employees have been intensively trained and assessed over the past few months, followed by an audit conducted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
“The pharmaceutical industry makes frequent use of air transport because it’s proven fast, consistent and efficient. In addition, air transport is, like no other, capable of transporting valuable, time-sensitive and temperature-controlled products,” Roeven adds.
Roeven adds: “We are very proud of all those who recently put their shoulders to the wheel, not only by taking the courses, but also by strengthening the procedures and optimising our facilities, including two temperature-controlled cold storage rooms that are used only for pharmaceuticals.”