Frankfurt Airport’s (FRA) cargo infrastructure is at the ready as it helps preserve key supply chains, as empty passenger aircraft increasingly are being used for this purpose.
“The rapid spread of the coronavirus has far-reaching implications for the global economy. Nevertheless, the transport of goods – especially airfreight – must be ensured,” the airport highlights.
Around 40 per cent of freight was flown as additional cargo on passenger aircraft last year and this decrease in passenger flights also means declining key air cargo capacity. In light of this, demand for cargo capacity is currently extremely high.
“Together with all players in the airfreight industry, we are doing our best to make up for a loss in capacities and routes. Our goal is to ensure supply, in particular by stepping up dedicated freight services,” says Max Philipp Conrady, head of Freight Development and Freight Management at Fraport AG.
With the drop in passenger flights, the airport is already seeing a rise in freight flights to North America, south-east Asia and China. This figure is expected to increase further. Frankfurt Airport says it is well prepared and provides the best possible conditions. One example it cites is the world’s largest pharma handling facilities covering 12,000 sqm temperature-controlled handling and storage areas.