DHL Global Forwarding to build new centre at Frankfurt Airport

DHL Global Forwarding expands and modernises its biggest German air freight facility, to inaugurate centre in mid-2025

DHL Global Forwarding, Fraport to build new air freight centre at Frankfurt Airport

Visualisation of DHL Global Forwarding air freight centre at Frankfurt Airport. Photo Credit: DHL

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DHL Global Forwarding and Fraport, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, officially began construction of a new air freight centre at Frankfurt Airport.

Tobias Schmidt, CEO, Europe, DHL Global Forwarding and Anke Giesen, Executive Director, Retail and Real Estate, Fraport led the official groundbreaking ceremony at Frankfurt Airport's CargoCity South, says a release from DHL.

"With the new air freight centre, Fraport is developing a further site at CargoCity South in the immediate vicinity of Airport Gate 31. The new building on the approximately 55,000 square metre property will take about twelve months to complete. DHL Global Forwarding is expected to inaugurate the air cargo centre in mid-2025. At this site, the company will primarily handle air freight for its German and international customers and manage charter flights with its in-house service provider StarBroker. The new cargo centre and office complex will partly supplement the existing airport location, and offers not just additional transshipment space, but also room for the new StarBroker European headquarters of DHL Global Forwarding."

Anke Giesen, Executive Director, Retail and Real Estate, Fraport and Tobias Schmidt, CEO, Europe, DHL Global Forwarding at the official groundbreaking ceremony. Photo Credit: DHL

Schmidt says: "Located in the heart of Europe, Frankfurt Airport is of central importance as an international hub for our global air freight network. We're very pleased that we were able to develop a larger, more sustainable site in close cooperation with Fraport. The newly created space will enable us to handle greater transport volumes for our customers even more quickly and efficiently."

Overall, the new building at CargoCity South will provide about 24,500 square metres of new hall space and 3,000 square metres of flexible office and social space. "The new complex also includes adequately dimensioned freight yards, 25 truck parking spaces and some 185 car parking spaces. Upon completion, the hall will have a total of 54 gates and cross-docks with generously dimensioned driving and shunting areas and additional, separate outdoor parking for trucks. The property is owned by Fraport and leased to DHL Global Forwarding."

Giesen adds: "The groundbreaking of this first-class air cargo centre is part of the continuous development of Frankfurt Airport as Europe's leading air freight hub. This building will meet the strictest ecological and economic requirements for modern freight handling facilities. As such, it will put our future tenant DHL Global Forwarding in the best position to take its air freight business to the next level. The realisation of this complex project is also a testament to the extraordinarily broad portfolio and proven expertise of Fraport's real estate development team."

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