Construction begins on Swissport’s airfreight facility at Frankfurt Airport


German airport operator Fraport and Swissport Cargo Services Deutschland have commenced the construction of airfreight facility at Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

The new airfreight facility, which is designed by M&P Architekten, is said to be Swissport’s fourth-largest cargo centre in the world.

With a capacity to handle 200,000 metric tonnes of airfreight annually, the facility at CargoCity South is intended to expand Swissport’s handling capacities by almost 50%.

The facility, which is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2020, will feature a material handling system designed to automatically store and remove containers and pallets from the warehouse.

In addition to featuring special temperature storage for pharmaceutical cargo, the facility will be equipped to meet the International Air Transport Association (IATA) criteria and is expected to receive the CEIV Pharma certification upon starting operations.

The warehouse roof will be integrated with a photovoltaic system that can generate 1.55 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year.

The move is a part of Fraport’s aims to use independently generated renewable energy to meet the airport’s electricity requirements.

Fraport Real Estate and Properties senior vice-president Felix Kreutel said: “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 optimising our service and product range and offering intelligent infrastructure solutions for our customers.”

Additional features of the facility include storage space of 17,000m², office and communal space of 2,400m², outside/maneuvering space of 12,500m², temperature zones in the pharma center, and 31 docks for trucks/vans.
Goldbeck will serve as the general contractor for the project.

 Swissport Central & Eastern Europe senior vice-president Willy Ruf said: “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.”

Image: Illustration of the Swissport’s new airfreight facility at Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Photo: courtesy of Fraport AG.

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