Airfreight tonnage at Düsseldorf is undergoing steady growth this year despite the global economic crisis, with an increase of 4.2% from January to June and 11.4% from May to July, eyefortransport reported.
According to Gerton Hulsman, managing director of DUS Cargo Logistics - the airport's biggest cargo handler - the forecast for the coming months is also very positive.
"The current annual throughout of DUS Cargo Logistics is around 100,000 tonnes, but the existing 150,000 tonne annual capacity warehouse can be doubled for future expansion," said Hulsman. "We see the steady traffic in freighters continuing as Germany's economy climbs out of recession."
Düsseldorf is Germany's third largest airport serving 180 destinations worldwide, with a potential capacity of 300.000 tonnes of cargo per year. Being in the middle of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany's leading industrial and commercial region which accounts for around 22% of Germany's GDP, the airport and logistics network distribute goods throughout the whole of Northern Germany, BeneLux and Europe.
Handling large freighters is a skill perfected over the years, and Hulsman said the DUS team's ability to work quickly and efficiently, often at unsociable hours, is a vital element in turning the shipment around on time.
Another heavy lift charter was successfully executed at Düsseldorf on August 26th - when a single machine component was flown to Sao Louis in Brazil. Weighing 8.5 tonnes, the 5.18m x 5.18m x .68m consignment was transported on board an AN 24 aircraft originating from New York's Newark airport.
This was the latest in a series of eight AN 124 and 52 A300F charters carried out over the last fifteen months at Düsseldorf.