DHL to build logistics hub at Vienna Airport

DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Freight today signed a contract to purchase land in the Vienna Airport region.

Starting in summer 2018, the DHL Campus Vienna Airport will be developed on premises measuring roughly 60,000 square metres in the Fischamend district.

The facility will take on a key role as a freight hub for Eastern Europe in the future. By establishing a joint site for DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Freight, the express freight firm said synergies between the different transport modes – land, air and ocean – are to be “exploited even more effectively”.

Both divisions will each build a warehouse including office buildings on the new site, connecting them to the airport and linking them to its infrastructure.

To date, DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Freight managed their business from three locations in Vienna, which are now being merged on the new campus. This they said will result in significant efficiency gains, especially in terms of turnaround times and handling costs.

The new site will have a higher number of docks and will also have cross-docks for the first time. The newly acquired property borders the A4 freeway, which connects the airport with Vienna city centre.

DHL Freight chief executive officer, Uwe Brinks said: “DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Freight are combining the individual strengths of their two networks at the new site in Fischamend, which will lead to an even faster, more efficient service for our customers.

“The site is in proximity to Vienna airport and as such strategically well-located, providing us with low-threshold access to Eastern European markets and Germany. Through this project, we will establish an important new logistics hub together, creating a gateway into and out of the east and enabling us to further grow our volumes.”

Flughafen Wien executive board member, Günther Ofner said: “The relocation of the world’s leading logistics company DHL to Vienna Airport region is yet another important step for the dynamic development of the Airport City and will create new jobs while making the airport region even more attractive.

“This is also evident from the high level of interest shown by domestic and foreign advertisers. Given its proximity to the airport as a hub, an excellent service infrastructure and an optimal connection to the airport’s infrastructure, the Vienna airport region offers perfect conditions for business locations.

“The government’s decision to expand the eastbound rail link represents another important improvement.”