WFS opens state-of-the-art Copenhagen pharma facility

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Sep 5, 2019: Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art pharma facility in Copenhagen Airport.

According to the cargo handling firm, it has set ‘a new standard for the handling of pharmaceutical products’ with the official opening of its new facility.

Morten T Mortensen, the airport’s director of Airline Sales & Route Development said: “With this significant expansion, WFS is playing an important role in one of Copenhagen Airport’s priorities in the Cargo strategy “Grow Pharma”.”

The new 1,500 sqm building provides end-to-end handling in a temperature-controlled environment for 2-8°C pharma products incorporating acceptance, offload, pre-storage, build-up and storage for loose shipments and pre-built pallets, with the capacity to handle up to 300 euro-pallets. The upgrading of WFS’ existing temperature control areas in its largest facility at Copenhagen will also meet demand for growing volumes of pharma products requiring a 15-25°C temperature range.

This follows the opening of €10 million pharma centre in Paris, which is the only facility owned by a ground handler dedicated to pharmaceuticals at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG).

In addition to these investments, September 1 also saw WFS extend its cargo handling footprint in Copenhagen to 13,900 square metres when it commenced operations in another 4,700 square metres freight centre at the airport.

Morten T Mortensen added: “Pharmaceutical products are among the highest valued commodities to be carried by air freight and there are some very strict requirements to be met when it comes to temperature control, speed, stability and careful handling. These requirements mean that airlines and handling companies must have 100 percent focus on processes and physical facilities whether goods are handled according to GDP or CEIV standards. Today, WFS has taken an important step towards meeting the requirements.”

Since commencing the upgrading of its pharma handling capabilities in Copenhagen 18 months ago, WFS has seen a significant increase in pharma volumes.

Dan Parker, SVP Commercial Cargo – EMEAA at WFS said: “Pharma is a big focus because both Denmark and Sweden have important pharmaceutical production sites located in or around the Oresund region and Copenhagen is a natural international gateway for these products. By increasing our commitment, we also hope pharma volumes still being trucked to other airports will now see WFS is offering a more local, high quality and cost-efficient solution and this will also contribute to the continued growth of the airport.”

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