The Fraport Group, which also runs Frankfurt Airport has presented mixed January results. Passenger figures went up substantially but Cargo grew only very moderately.
Simultaneously, Rhine-Main and IT specialist Dakosy agreed on implementing a digital cargo portal at FRA for shippers of dangerous goods.
Frankfurt Airport reports a 1.3% increase in cargo tonnages handled last January and a 7.6% rise in passenger figures. On the passenger side the main growth driver was the European passenger movement. Cargo increases were disappointing, but maybe also due to the continued strife on the delays experienced in December due to strikes and long waiting times.
In contrast to their parent company, airports belonging to the Frankfurt Group such as Xian in China, Lima in Peru, and some others, reported positive pax and freight figures all round. An exception were the 14 Greek regional airports, acquired in summer of 2015 by Fraport AG, which recorded a 5.1% slowdown in passenger traffic.
In other news it is reported that Fraport and Hamburg-headquartered IT service provider Dakosy will set up what they say is the world’s first Digital Portal for Dangerous Goods shipping. A cooperation agreement has been signed by both companies for the implementation of the portal at FRA for shippers of DGD. This, they state, will be the first worldwide digitalization of the entire dangerous goods process.
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Dakosy CEO Ulrich Wrage commented: "Our shipper portal will considerably simplify processes for all users across company borders. The ever closer collaboration with Fraport AG as a strong partner for this innovative product allows us to contribute to drive forward the digital transformation in the air cargo industry on a consistent and ongoing basis."
Underlining the benefits of the new tool, Anke Giesen, Fraport‘s Executive Director Operations, stated: "The portal enables all players of the airfreight supply chain to make the process faster, more reliable, and more transparent. We at Frankfurt Airport are thus once again underscoring our position as an innovation leader in airfreight.”
Freight processes become transparent thanks to Fair@Link
Both enterprises cooperate for some time now to optimise transports and make freight processes more transparent. The tool enabling full process transparency, guaranteeing truckers and forwarding agents precise delivery or pick-up times at freight terminals, is the Dakosy developed digital platform Fair@Link.
With modules such as “Truck Appointment,” “Customs Processes,” “Security / eFreight,2 “Dangerous Goods Management” and “SCM –
Supply Chain Management,” the platform offers a wide range of functions. Since the platform‘s introduction in Frankfurt; shipments have become more predictable and arrive as planned. Such is also the case at the seaport of Hamburg where the flow of goods is also managed by Dakosy’s Fair@Link digital platform.
John Mc Donagh / Heiner Siegmund