EU to set up logistics center for humanitarian aid at Leipzig/Halle Airport
The European Union (EU) is going to set up a logistics center at the Leipzig/Halle Airport for humanitarian aid to help in disaster control, as a part of an EU programme. The center is being built at the location in the vicinity of the airport and will be maintained by the German Red Cross (DRK). The Union and its member states are setting up logistics centers in order to be able to meet the growing needs of the health sector even in crisis situations. In addition to the procurement, storage and maintenance of protective equipment, the distribution will also be organised through these centers.
Götz Ahmelmann, CEO Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, “The decision to set up the EU logistics center at our airport is logical. It rewards our commitment to optimal conditions at the Leipzig/Halle air freight hub. We are proud to make our contribution to humanitarian aid and feel encouraged to continue doing everything we can to ensure that we are flexible in getting all types of cargo into the air. "
Leipzig/Halle Airport, Europe's fifth largest cargo airport, offers the best conditions for handling humanitarian aid shipments. The airport has a 24-hour operating permit for cargo flights and is directly connected to the trans-European motorway and rail network. With over 1,000 weekly take-offs and landings in freight traffic, the airport has proven itself in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis as a guarantor of reliable logistics and supply chains for the population and industry.
All types of air freight and cargo aircraft can be handled at the airport. In addition, the location has IATA's CEIV Pharma certification and is able to handle temperature and time-critical pharmaceutical shipments such as vaccines around the clock.
In the past, humanitarian aid flights have repeatedly started from the central German airport to provide timely help to affected areas.. In the past few months, aid supplies including urgently needed tents and water treatment systems for flood areas.have been flown out by the DRK to Greece and Honduras through the Leipzig/Halle Airport.