The renewal of its Frankfurt air freight center has been on the agenda of LH Cargo for years with varying degrees of urgency, there having been a decision. This is now available. The supervisory board of the freight carrier has given the green light for the measure.
The pandemic not only boosted the cargo airline business in an unprecedented way, generating high profits, but it also indirectly paved the way for the decision announced now to renew the Cargo
Center on a modular basis during day-to-day operations. The project has already begun and is expected to be finalized in 2028.
"With this renewal of our logistics center we are investing in our cargo base in Frankfurt and thus creating the structural requirements for even faster and more efficient air freight processes. In doing so, we are also securing the jobs of our employees at our most important logistics location in Germany long-term," explains Peter Gerber, outgoing CEO of the freight airline.
Faster, more flexible ops
Harald Gloy, Lufthansa Cargo’s Chief Operations Officer added to this: "The fascinating part of this prticular scheme is that it is able to react flexibly to market developments and the changing needs of our customers. The holistically planned upgrading of the building infrastructure in combination with improvements to the logistics system and internal material flows will further increase the handling speed of shipments as well as the service quality for all Lufthansa Cargo customers," Mr Gloy emphasized whilst intruducing the plans.
At its Frankfurt logistics hub, the lion’s share of Lufthansa Cargo’s global freight volume is handled, accounting for nearly 80%. The carrier's commitment to digitalisation, new product requirements and the further increasing importance of e-commerce have changed the demands on the functionality of the logistics center. In the first step of the modularly planned infrastructure programme, the new construction of the central high-rack storage system in the Lufthansa Cargo Center is currently in progress. In addition to new buildings, existing building sections and warehouses are also being modernised as part of the eight-year infrastructure project. The renovation and renewal of the buildings will take place during ongoing operations. In the process, the modular approach will not result in any restrictions for customers.
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