Air France KLM upgrades Schiphol Pharma Hub for Covid-19 vaccines

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Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) is constructing a new climate-cool room at its Schiphol Pharma Hub, in preparation for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.

The vaccines will be handled by the recently formed task force which brings together Schiphol’s Pharma Cargo Community.

The additional cold room, with temperatures ranging from +2°C to +8°C, will provide the capacity required to handle Covid-19 vaccines.

  • AFKLMP Cargo’s new facility includes:
  • Additional 2,061 m3 in storage space;
  • Dangerous Goods and DRY ICE compatible service;
  • Additional 152 skid positions;
  • Flexible temperature range;
  • Flexible racks to accommodate odd-sized shipments; Monitoring from a central control room;
  • Temperature alarm system;
  • Speed door to limit exposure;
  • Synthetic floor.

Enrica Calonghi, global head of Pharmaceutical Logistics at AFKLMP Cargo says: “Just a few months ago, AFKLMP Cargo already invested in 1,118 m3 of additional controlled-climate room (CRT) at Schiphol using the same hybrid technology. With the construction of this brand-new climate-cool room, we will be as flexible as possible to handle more vaccines if necessary.”

The Franco-Dutch carrier says it is continuously improving its services and investing in infrastructure at both its Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) hubs.

“We know how important it is to guarantee the required quality, reliability, and connectivity throughout supply chains,” Calonghi adds.

“We are fully prepared for shipping Covid-19 vaccines,” GertJan Roelands, SVP of Sales & Distribution at AFKLMP Cargo says. “The transportation of pharmaceuticals and other healthcare goods is a strategic priority for AFKLMP Cargo. We are thrilled with this investment, which will further improve the service standards of our Schiphol Pharma Hub.

“We will keep improving infrastructure, introducing digital initiatives, and pursuing other innovations to meet the highest industry standards for transporting pharmaceuticals and other healthcare goods. This is essential when it comes to shipping Covid-19 vaccines.”

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