Foundation stone laid for Swissport Air Cargo Warehouse at Frankfurt Airport’s CargoCity South. From the left: Mike Flörke, division manager at Goldbeck, Felix Kreutel, senior vice-president of real estate and properties at Fraport AG, Karl-Heinz-Dietrich, senior executive vice-president retail and properties at Fraport AG, Willy Ruf, senior vice-president central and eastern Europe von Swissport.
FRANKFURT, Germany – Fraport AG and Swissport Cargo Services Deutschland GmbH have begun construction on Swissport’s new airfreight facility at Frankfurt Airport (FRA).
The new building at CargoCity South will expand Swissport’s handling capacities by almost 50 percent, with the ability to handle over 200,000 tonnes per year in a 183,000-square-foot space.
It will have 31 docks for trucks/vans, including five truck docks for ULD handling and 135,000 square feet of outdoor parking and maneuvering area.
The warehouse will include 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. It will have 14,000 square feet of space at 15–25°C and 3,000 square feet at 2–8°C. The new cargo centre built in accordance with the strict IATA criteria and will be CEIV Pharma-certified after going into operation.
The roof of the warehouse 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.
The warehouse is expected to be ready for operation by the fall of 2020.
Almost 50 percent of Germany’s airfreight volume is handled here – over two million metric tons in 2018. This places FRA in the global top ten.
Felix Kreutel, senior vice-president of real estate and properties at Fraport AG, explained: “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.