Hamburg Airport presented Thursday the new Hamburg Airport Cargo Center after construction work lasting over two years. The airfreight facility will start operating shortly. The modern facility on Weg beim Jaeger, can handle up to 150,000 tonnes of freight annually – more than twice the volume handled in 2015. The EUR 50 million building replaces the existing 1960’s cargo terminal.
All participants included
The brand new logistics center offers state-of-the-art technology and eases operational processes which is crucial for handling time-sensitive goods. This meant all later users – logistics companies, airfreight forwarding agents, and cargo airlines – were consulted and involved in the process from the start. Commenting on the process, Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, noted: “In order to deliver genuinely high performance, a logistics center must be oriented towards the needs of the users. For our new cargo center, the collaboration of all those involved enabled us to succeed with this. We have created a central hub with sustainable viability that will play a pivotal role in the life of Hamburg as an airfreight location.”
The existing 1960’s air cargo center was no longer able to fully meet the growing demands of quick and efficient freight handling. Alexander Mueller, Director of Cargo at Hamburg Airport with responsibility for airfreight facilities, pointed out: “Today, it is more important than ever that the infrastructure of a logistics facility ensures rapid, efficient processes, from the truck ramp to goods-in and security checks all the way to loading onto the aircraft. This saves time and money – and is therefore especially attractive for our customers.”
Nearly 50 firms based at HACC
The 60,000-square-metre site has 44 loading ramps for articulated trucks and 36 parking spaces for tractor-trailer combinations and three office buildings. The airfreight hall with a floor area of around 20,000 square metres is central to the facility. A 60-metre passage under the street, Weg beim Jaeger, links the facility to the airport’s apron. Office and handling spaces at the complex are fully leased and will start operating in the next weeks. Around 50 firms are presently based in HACC and employ 450 staff.
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