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Topping-Out Ceremony at the Hamburg Airport Cargo Center

Milestone for airfreight in Hamburg. 180 guests celebrated the topping-out ceremony of the 50 million euro building

Hamburg Airport is getting ready for the future of airfreight with the Hamburg Airport Cargo Center (HACC) with the topping-out ceremony for the 50 million euro project. The modern buildings and facilities on Weg beim Jaeger will replace the existing 1960s Air Cargo Center, ensuring optimal airfreight processing and handling in Hamburg.

“Our goal as airport is to take a leading role in the development of infrastructure provision for Hamburg as a centre of aviation and airfreight. HACC, with its modern and future-proof design, is quintessential to this process”, said Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport at Friday’s topping-out ceremony at Weg beim Jaeger. He emphasised that “airfreight is an integral component of Hamburg Airport’s corporate strategy.” The company is investing a total of around 50 million euro in the logistics facility at the airport site. The development has become necessary because the existing facilities are no longer sufficient to meet the growing requirements of quick and efficient airfreight handling.

Efficiency of Freight Handling Optimised

The concept for the new logistics facility on Weg beim Jaeger was developed in collaboration with the forwarding agents, airfreight handlers, and cargo airlines already based at the airport. The aim was to plan the use of space on the basis of actual requirements of future users, thereby maximising the efficiency of operational freight handling processes, from the truck loading ramp to goods-in, from screening to aircraft loading. State-of-the-art screening technology will ensure that the processes for the legally man-dated security checks run smoothly. “Infrastructure that is aligned with processes saves time and money – and is therefore especially attractive for our customers,” explains Alexander Mueller, Director of Cargo at Flughafen Hamburg GmbH, whose responsibilities include rentals and tenancy at the site.

Annual Cargo Capacity of 150,000 Tonnes

In total, around 20,000 square metres have been allocated to logistics for handling companies and forwarding agents. Directly adjacent to the large freight hall will be 44 loading ramp positions for trucks and 36 for articulated truck-trailer combinations. A 60 metres longunderpass onstructed under the “Weg beim Jaeger” airport access route directly links the new airfreight facility to the airport’s apron. The opening of the HACC is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. Long-term rental contracts have already been signed for more than 90 per cent of the office and cargo handling space. HACC is based on a concept that allows for an annual capacity of around 150,000 tonnes of airfreight.

Resource Saving Concept

Environmental experts have been involved in the project to develop a special resource saving concept for the Hamburg Airport Cargo Center. Included in the concept are geo-thermal probe pumps that cover one third of the heating and cooling requirements, as well as a highly efficient heat recovery system. Furthermore, exclusive use will be made of low-energy lighting.

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