May 27, 2016: The Hamburg Airport Cargo Centre (HACC) will soon be ready to commence operation after more than two years of construction work.The modern infrastructure, located on Weg beim Jaeger, can handle up to 150,000 tonnes of freight each year, more than double the volume handled in 2015.
Costing more than 50 million euros, the new facility is replacing the existing cargo terminal from the 1960s.
The new logistics Centre offers state-of-the-art technology and facilitates optimal operational processes – a decisive factor, in particular for time-sensitive goods. From the very beginning of planning, therefore, all later users – logistics companies, airfreight forwarding agents, and cargo airlines were consulted and involved in the process.
“In order to deliver genuinely high performance, a logistics Centre must be oriented towards the needs of the users. For our new Cargo Centre, 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,” says Michael Eggenschwiler, chief executive officer of Hamburg Airport.
The 60,000-square-meter site has 44 loading ramps for articulated trucks and 36 parking positions for tractor-trailer combinations, along with three office buildings. The heart of the facility is the airfreight hall, with a floor area of around 20,000 square metres. A 60-meter underpass under the street, Weg beim Jaeger, links the facility directly with the airport’s apron.
The office and handling spaces at the complex are fully tenanted and will enter operation in the coming weeks. “The complete tenanting of the facility from the very beginning speaks volumes for the concept behind the Hamburg Airport Cargo Centre and sends a positive signal about Hamburg as a hub for trade,” says Michael Eggenschwiler. In total, almost 50 companies are based at the Centre, employing around 450 people on the site.
The Cargo Centre is also setting standards in the field of environmental protection. The resource-friendly concept includes, for example, ground probes which help to satisfy a third of the Centre’s heating and cooling requirements. Premium heat recovery systems and energy-saving illumination are further building blocks in this strategy.
Dr. Rolf Bösinger, Department for Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation, said “The new Cargo Centre makes Hamburg as an airfreight location even more attractive. Although, for the most part, goods traverse the world by container ship, aircraft remain indispensable when it comes to the rapid transport of valuable and time-critical goods.”
“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,” explains Alexander Mueller, director of Cargo at Hamburg Airport is responsible for airfreight facilities at the site.