DB Schenker introduced its new European air freight hub at Frankfurt Airport. The new facility was dedicated with customers and guests from the worlds of politics and business in attendance.
The air freight hub will begin operation in early August. Import and export units currently operating at different sites will be merged into a single unit right at the airport. Fifty million euros have been invested in the project. “This European hub is an essential turntable within our international air freight network. It will contribute to expand our position in the global competition,” underlined Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, Member of the Management Board of DB Mobility Logistics AG and responsible for the Transportation and Logistics Division.
“The new facility is a visible sign that we are looking toward the future, even in these difficult times,” announced Dr. Thomas C. Lieb, Chairman of the Management Board of Schenker AG and responsible for Global Air/Ocean Freight activities. “We are aligning ourselves with our customers’ future needs and are improving the efficiency of equipment and systems.” And Dr. Hansjörg Rodi, Chairman of the Management Board of Schenker Deutschland AG, stressed: “As market leader in air freight in Germany, by making this investment we are setting the standard for our industry and bringing even more attention to Frankfurt Airport as one of the world’s leading cargo airports.”
In the future, cargo shipments for industrial and trade customers from around the world will be bundled, stored temporarily and processed for onward carriage on the 15,000 square meter ground floor of the CargoCity Süd logistics center.
The second floor of the facility contains a roughly 10,000 square meter warehouse for spare aircraft parts. The aviation industry is also among the customers relying on DB Schenker logistics services. In addition, the facility includes offices for around 200 employees on two floors of office space covering 4,000 square meters.
The hall on the top floor was built without columns to allow large parts to be stored without difficulty. A crane hoists heavy loads from outside into the second floor. State-of-the-art x-ray equipment, refrigerated storage for temperature-controlled goods, separate rooms for hazardous goods, and multiple palletizing lines for consolidating and deconsolidating air freight pallets and containers make the facility one of the most modern and efficient air freight hubs in the international DB Schenker network.