Rhenus is operating its own business location for air and sea freight at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) from 1 June, citing above average air freight growth at the airport for its decision.
The business site at LEJ will mainly focus on connections to the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region and South Africa, Rhenus says.
“Leipzig/Halle Airport registered growth of seven per cent in its air freight volumes in 2018, which is far above the average figure,” Stefan Schwind, managing director of Rhenus Air & Ocean Germany. “This growth potential is the main reason why Rhenus has decided to set up business operations there.
The move will also enable the logistics group to expand its network in the Eastern and Central German region. The new branch has a direct link to the Rhenus Group’s international network through the groupage and air freight gateways in Hilden and Frankfurt/Main.
“Because of its central location, it’s also an ideal addition to our network within Germany. The site is strategically important for us, thanks to the good international connections too,” Schwind adds.
Rhenus Air & Ocean will not only be handling international air transport shipments, but also all the import and export customs formalities. Customers can also book services in the sea freight sector and combined transport operations.
Rhenus Air & Ocean operates 14 of its own business locations in Germany, including the groupage freight gateway at Hilden and the air freight gateway in Frankfurt. The company is planning further growth in Germany in the future.
Leipzig/Halle Airport is one of the five largest cargo airports in Europe and the second-largest freight hub in Germany after Frankfurt/Main. It handled more than 1.2 million tonnes of cargo in 2018.
The infrastructure at the airport includes two runways, both 3,600 metres long, and a licence for 24/7 operations. Its connections with the European motorway network enable short transport routes to logistics centres in the Berlin area and in Central Germany, Rhenus adds.