Cargo Handling

Swissport Frankfurt recertified by IATA for pharma logistics

Swissport Air Cargo warehouse in Frankfurt

Swissport’s air cargo centre at Frankfurt Airport has been CEIV Pharma certified by IATA.

Andreas Behnke, Head of Swissport Cargo Services for Germany and Austria at Frankfurt Airport says: “The recertification by IATA highlights our commitment to providing safe, efficient, and reliable pharmaceutical logistics solutions for our global customers.

“Our dedication to Frankfurt Airport translates to advantages for our airline customers, logistics partners, and the airport itself.

“This reinforces Frankfurt’s position as a crucial hub for reliable temperature-controlled supply chains.”

Swissport opened its cargo facility in November 2020 and supported critical pharma logistics during the pandemic from day one.

The warehouse is still the most modern air cargo centre at the airport and spans over 17,000 sqm.

It includes a state-of-the-art Swissport Pharma Centre with a 1,560-sqm dedicated area for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments, of which 1,300 sqm are allocated for products requiring 15°C to 25°C storage, and 260 sqm for those needing 2°C to 8°C conditions.

At its Frankfurt facility, Swissport has invested heavily in digitalization and modern equipment to streamline operations and to increase efficiency across the global logistics chain.

The warehouse located in the CargoCity South area has direct tarmac access and is equipped with advanced handling technology, facilitating seamless air cargo operations.

The automated material handling system (MHS) can store and retrieve up to 115 main deck unit load devices (ULDs).

Dirk Goovaerts, Global Cargo Chair and CEO of Swissport’s CEMEAI region adds: “As a global expert in cargo operations, Swissport continues to drive the digitalization of its air cargo business to handle air cargo even more efficiently and intelligently.

“The Swissport mobile devices, fully interfaced weighing system, AI based support tools, cargo kiosks, door management systems, slot booking and Bluetooth ULD tracking are examples of innovations that are in operation, providing Swissport with the ability to process air freight competitively,”