Growing volumes prompts WFS to invest in new pharma facility at Copenhagen Airport
Feb 13, 2019: One of the leading cargo handlers Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) will begin construction of new pharma facility at Copenhagen Airport in April.
The new facility, with an area of 1,500 square metres, will provide end-to-end handling in a temperature-controlled environment for 2-8C pharma products incorporating acceptance, offload, pre-storage, build-up and storage.
WFS expects the construction process to be completed in time for the new building to undergo IATA CEIV Pharma pre-assessment in July.
Accessible through four dedicated cargo doors, the facility will accept loose shipments and pre-built units, offering a storage area large enough for 300 EUR pallets and 30 PMC pallets.
WFS is also upgrading the existing temperature control areas in its current facility in Copenhagen to handle growing volumes of pharma products requiring a 15-25C temperature range. This will be the company's second investment in pharma facilities at the airport in under two years.
Since opening the first stage of its pharma infrastructure in Copenhagen at the end of 2017 %u2013 a temperature-controlled ULD storage area with the capacity to handle 16 units %u2013 WFS has seen its volume of pharma shipments grow by 90 percent.
John Batten, EVP Cargo for Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA) said: 'We already have IATA CEIV certified locations in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid and Miami, and we have further investments planned to upgrade our pharma capabilities in other key WFS stations in the year ahead.'
'There is already a fast-growing demand for high quality handling of pharma shipments at Copenhagen Airport. Our commitment to significantly increase our facilities will provide the capacity for future growth and establish Copenhagen as a world class airport for pharma cargoes,' said Jimi Daniel Hansen, WFS' general manager Scandinavia.