DHL modernises Frankfurt Airport operations with new air freight centre

DHL modernises Frankfurt Airport operations with new air freight centre

DHL Global Forwarding and Fraport today officially began construction of a new air freight centre at Frankfurt Airport to expand and modernise its operations.

Tobias Schmidt, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Europe, and Anke Giesen, Fraport’s executive director for retail and real estate, led the ceremony at the airport’s CargoCity South.

With the new air freight centre, Fraport is developing a further site at CargoCity South in the immediate vicinity of Airport Gate 31.

The new building on the approximately 55,000 square metre property will take around 12 months to complete. DHL Global Forwarding is expected to inaugurate the air cargo centre in mid-2025.

At this site, the company will primarily handle air freight for its German and international customers and manage charter flights with its in-house service provider StarBroker.

The new facility and office complex will partly supplement the existing airport location, and offers not just additional trans-shipment space, but also room for the new StarBroker European headquarters of DHL Global Forwarding.

Tobias Schmidt said: “Located in the heart of Europe, Frankfurt Airport is of central importance as an international hub for our global air freight network.

“We’re very pleased that we were able to develop a larger, more sustainable site in close co-operation with Fraport.

“The newly created space will enable us to handle greater transport volumes for our customers even more quickly and efficiently.”

Anke Giesen added: “Today’s groundbreaking of this first-class air cargo centre is part of the continuous development of Frankfurt Airport as Europe’s leading air freight hub.

“This building will meet the strictest ecological and economic requirements for modern freight handling facilities. As such, it will put our future tenant DHL Global Forwarding in the best position to take its air freight business to the next level.

“The realisation of this complex project is also a testament to the extraordinarily broad portfolio and proven expertise of Fraport’s real estate development team.”

Construction of the cargo centre represents a further milestone in the successful development of Frankfurt Airport as a cargo and air freight hub, Fraport said.

The new building at CargoCity South will provide about 24,500 square metres of new hall space and 3,000 square metres of flexible office and social space.

It also includes freight yards, 25 truck parking spaces and 185 car parking spaces. Upon completion, the hall will have a total of 54 gates and cross-docks with driving and shunting areas and additional, separate outdoor parking for trucks.

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