Fraport and Swissport Cargo Services Deutschland lay the foundation stone for Swissport’s new airfreight facility at Frankfurt Airport (FRA), marking another milestone in the future development of FRA as a key airfreight hub. The building is scheduled to be completed and handed over to Swissport in the third quarter of 2020.
The new building at CargoCity South will expand Swissport’s handling capacities by almost 50 per cent. The property meets every requirement for state-of-the-art airfreight handling, the two say.
The warehouse concept includes a material handling system that allows containers and pallets to be automatically stored in and removed from the warehouse. Swissport is expanding its range of special temperature storage for customers from the pharmaceutical industry. The new cargo centre will be fitted out in accordance with the strict IATA criteria and will be CEIV Pharma-certified after going into operation.
The roof of the freight hall will also be home to the first large-scale photovoltaic system at Frankfurt Airport. It will generate 1,550,000 kilowatt hours of electricity yearly – an amount that would power more than 450 four-person households for an entire year. With this move, Fraport is increasing its focus on the use of independently generated renewable energy to cover the electricity requirements of its home-base airport in Frankfurt.
Almost 50 per cent of Germany’s airfreight volume is handled at Frankfurt Airport, including over two million tonnes in 2018, placing FRA in the global top ten.
Felix Kreutel, senior VP of Real Estate and Properties at Fraport AG, explains: “Fraport operates Europe’s largest cargo hub at Frankfurt Airport. We intend to write another chapter in this success story together with our long-standing customer Swissport. To achieve this, we are continuously optimizing our service and product range and offering intelligent infrastructure solutions for our customers.”
The new building at Frankfurt Airport will be Swissport’s fourth-largest cargo centre worldwide. Up to 200,000 tonnes of airfreight for airline and shipping customers are expected to be handled here each year.
Willy Ruf, senior VP Central & Eastern Europe at Swissport, adds during the foundation stone ceremony: “We are looking forward to offering our customers individual air cargo services at one of Europe’s most modern and sustainable airfreight facilities starting in the fall of 2020. Frankfurt Airport thus remains one of the most important airfreight locations in our global Swissport network.”
The airfreight facility was designed by M&P Architekten, with building company Goldbeck acting as general contractor.
Facts and figures on the new air cargo warehouse:
– Capacity: over 200,000 tonnes per year;
– Storage space: 17,000 sqm;
– Office and communal space: 2,400 sqm;
– Outside/maneuvering space: 12,500 sqm;
– Temperature zones in the pharma center:
– 1,300 sqm (15–25°C)
– 280 sqm (2–8°C);
– 31 docks for trucks/vans, including five truck docks for ULD handling.