Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Express Freight Group Invests in Expansion of Air Freight Facilities on Home Ground

Airport Deal for Cargo Centre Done Using Digital Technology
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – Logistics group DHL Express is to extend its operations having concluded a contract to build a new freight building with Airport Munich GmbH (FMG). The construction site at the current parking spots P80 and P80 West will compromise a gross floor area of more than 8,000 square metres. For the first time, the contracts were signed digitally, taking the current restrictions into account.

Currently, the company has access to the freight centre as a tenant of warehouse space, but the new building, on land leased from FMG, will be planned, constructed and operated by DHL. Munich Airport is the only Skytrax Institute certified ‘5-Star-Airport’ in Europe and Markus Reckling, Managing Director DHL Express Germany, observed:

"After we had modernised and expanded our service centre in Unterschleißheim for 13 million euros last year, the new gateway is our next step in realising our infrastructure plan. This is a clear commitment to our presence in the Munich region. Even in economically difficult times we invest thoroughly in our customer service as one of our main priorities."

The new building will include a direct airside access and two so-called PUD fingers for pick-up and delivery where up to 65 delivery vehicles can be dispatched simultaneously. DHL says this leads to a chronological advantage, particularly for clients in the south of Germany.

Furthermore, the new station will meet all safety requirements of TAPA, the Transported Asset Protection Association, and will be certified TAPA Class A for the highest security level in air transportation. Airport chief Jost Lammers appreciates DHL Express' decision to continuously support growth at Munich Airport, saying:

"This is an important signal in such difficult times for the air freight industry and a symbol of trust for the location in Munich. The strong engagement of DHL Express will sharpen our profile as a logistics location and set significant impulses for air transports."