International express services provider DHL Express will establish a new hub at Copenhagen Airport at an investment of DKK1bn (€134m), its largest ever investment in Denmark and the Nordic countries.
The hub is expected to improve the speed and quality of DHL Express’ activities in the region.
The facility will be ready in 2023 and will feature modern, automated systems, which will enable the company to handle nearly 37,000 packages per hour, round the clock, at the 26,172m² building, which will also include offices.
DHL, which was voted best workplace in Denmark in November 2018, expects to add 100 new jobs.
DHL Express global CEO John Pearson said: “We want to grow through quality. Therefore, we are investing significantly into the expansion of our infrastructure to increase efficiencies and to improve delivery capabilities.
“Our international hubs are the backbone of our global network which connects businesses from all industries and private customers alike, and enables them to benefit from the ongoing e-commerce growth.”
The company makes use of its hubs in Leipzig, Germany, or East Midlands, UK, to transport packages to and from Denmark.
However, after the construction of the new hub at Copenhagen Airport, planes will be able to reach their destinations without additional stops along the way, resulting in quicker delivery.
DHL Express managing director in Denmark Atli Einarsson said: “This massive upgrade of our facility will turn it into one of the most modern of our 19 regional hubs worldwide.
“This demonstrates the importance of our country’s future role in the network. The new regional hub will benefit businesses and consumers in Denmark and throughout the Nordic region.”
As part of a programme to strengthen and future-proof its business, in 2018 the company said that it will purchase 14 new Boeing 777 air freighters and five Airbus A330s, which will expand the fleet to more than 260 planes.
In Denmark, the logistics giant broke ground on a DKK100m (approximately €13.4m) terminal in Fredericia, which is slated to open in 2020.
Einarsson said: “The new investments here in Denmark and at other locations in our network are part of our global plan to promote our future growth, efficiency improvements in day-to-day operations, and the quality for which our customers choose us.”
Copenhagen Airport Group CEO Thomas Woldbye said: “Air freight is crucial for maintaining and developing the Copenhagen Airport as a key Northern European hub.
“We consider expansion a key target in our strategy, and we are very grateful that DHL has chosen CPH for their new hub.”
The new freight terminal will be located on a 43,116m² site in the eastern freight area of the airport, where a new Airport Business Park will be established.
Image: DHL Express to establish €134m hub at Copenhagen Airport. Photo: Courtesy of DHL International GmbH.