Cologne Bonn Airport has seen nearly 700 cargo flights taking off and landing this week, transporting not only industrial goods but also medical supplies and equipment for hospitals. This corresponds to an increase of 13 percent compared to the previous year.
"As an essential part of the logistics chain, we currently have a particularly large responsibility - as a hub for important supplies, our freight area is currently running 24 hours a day and 7 days a week under full load," said Johan Vanneste, CEO of Flughafen Köln / Bonn GmbH . “It shows how important it is that we, as one of the largest freight airports in Europe, remain fully operational in these times of crisis. Our night flight permit is also particularly relevant in this context,” said Vanneste. “Our employees are motivated and stick together so that we can get through this difficult situation together. Our thanks go to them. "
Since goods are no longer transported in the hold of passenger aircraft due to the slump in passenger air traffic - the so-called belly freight usually makes up about half of the global cargo turnover - cargo airlines currently play a particularly essential role in reliably delivering urgently needed goods.
For example, UPS, one of the world's largest cargo airlines, owns and operates its largest branch outside of the United States at Cologne Bonn Airport. The US logistics company is based in Cologne / Bonn with its European hub for international goods transport.
Frank Sportolari, UPS Germany boss, said, “Even in these challenging times, we are still there for our customers. With our services, we offer an infrastructure that enables trade and the reliable supply of goods. For particularly urgent express shipments and international deliveries, our Air Hub at Cologne Bonn Airport is one of the largest and most important hubs worldwide. ”
In addition to the three major cargo airlines UPS, FedEx and DHL, other cargo airlines are also increasing their involvement in Cologne Bonn during these times of crisis. New on the apron is the Luxembourg cargo airline Cargolux, which now comes to the airport with 14 weekly flights. Home airport is Luxembourg. The airline will be moving to the Rhineland until mid-April. The airline's Boeing 747, which can hold up to 100 tonnes of freight, is handled by the ground handling staff at Cologne / Bonn Airport. There are flights to American destinations such as Chicago, Atlanta and Miami.
Egyptian cargo airline Egyptair Cargo, which is already based in Cologne Bonn, has doubled its flights in Cologne / Bonn this week. Spanish airline Swiftair is also operating additional charter flights with medical supplies.