DHL Express builds new freight terminal at Copenhagen Airport
Jan 21, 2019: DHL Express is set to significantly improve the speed and quality of its activities in Denmark and the Nordic countries with new freight centre at Copenhagen Airport.
The new 26,172 sq m hub will allow the company to handle nearly 37,000 packages per hour, 24 hours a day, with the help of state-of-the-art automated systems.
The new freight terminal will be located on a 43,116 m2 site in the eastern freight area of the airport, where a new Airport Business Park is in the works as well. The new centre almost quadruples the capacity of DHL Express in Brussels. It offers air and ground links to a broad number of European destinations, as well as direct intercontinental connections to the Americas, Middle East and Africa.
With this new hub, packages to and from Denmark will no more travel via the DHL hubs in Leipzig, Germany, or East Midlands, UK. With the opening of this hub in 2023, planes will reach their destinations more directly and without additional stops along the way. Fewer stops mean faster delivery, which is critical for many companies' business and vital for consumers today.
"We are experiencing enormous growth in our cross-border online trade," states Atli Einarsson, managing director of DHL Express in Denmark. "We are also preparing for our customers' growth, including manufacturing companies within the pharmaceutical and fashion industries. This massive upgrade of our facility will turn it into one of the most modern of our 19 regional hubs worldwide."
In 2018, the logistics giant announced to purchase 14 new Boeing 777 air freighters and five Airbus A330s, expanding the fleet to over 260 planes. In Denmark, the company also broke ground on a new terminal in the central city of Fredericia at a price tag of more than DKK 100 million (approximately EUR 13.4 million). It is slated to open in early 2020.
Thomas Woldbye, Group CEO, Copenhagen Airport said: "Air freight is crucial for maintaining and developing the Copenhagen Airport as a key Northern European hub. We consider expansion a key target in our strategy, and we are very grateful that DHL has chosen CPH for their new hub. We can see growing demand for high-quality air freight facilities to handle the increasing volume of freight to and from places like China. It also meets the needs of consumers, who do more and more of their shopping online. This really is great news for Denmark and the region.'