Leipzig/Halle Airport: PortGround starts operating new refrigerated warehouse at the World Cargo Center

(PresseBox) (Leipzig, ) A new refrigerated warehouse for air freight consignments has begun operating at the World Cargo Center at Leipzig/Halle Airport. It is therefore now possible to put complete aircraft consignments of temperature-sensitive goods into storage at the World Cargo Center. The facility has direct access to the apron area and therefore guarantees short transport routes to and from aircraft and trucks.

The configuration of the refrigeration centre enables parallel storage of pharmaceutical items and perishable goods as well as temperature-sensitive products, which may not be stored or transported in frosty or hot conditions. They include measuring devices or means of production for the semi-conductor industry.

The commissioning of the site also marks the certification of the warehouse area according to the European "Good Distribution Practice" (GDP) standard. This quality system provides evidence of the excellent distribution practice for medication for human beings related to its storage at the site.

Goods can be stored at temperatures ranging from +2°C to +25°C at the new refrigerated facility, which is operated by PortGround – a subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG and the specialist for aircraft and freight handling. The temperature can be individually set in three separate areas. Access controls and video and temperature monitoring guarantee the highest standards of reliability.

"The new refrigerated warehouse for air freight expands our extensive logistics portfolio and is particularly interesting for companies in the pharmaceutical, food and semi-conductor industries in Germany and Eastern Europe," Alexander König, Managing Director of PortGround GmbH, points out and adds, "Our customers not only benefit from the variety of services provided by PortGround when handling all kinds of freight, but also from access to a route network, which covered more than 220 destinations around the globe from Europe’s fifth-largest cargo airport last year."

Leipzig/Halle Airport: 24/7 for cargo flights and direct links to road and rail networks

Leipzig/Halle Airport is Europe’s fifth-largest air cargo hub and handled more than 1.05 million tonnes of freight in 2016. The airport has a 24-hour operating permit for cargo flights and direct links to the trans-European motorway and railway networks. As a result, Leipzig/Halle offers ideal conditions for transporting goods by road and rail. There are two parallel runways, each 3,600 metres long, and they can be used independently of each other in CAT III b conditions. DHL has been operating its European hub at the airport since 2008. Leipzig/Halle is also the home base for the AeroLogic air cargo company, a joint venture involving DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo. Two Antonov 124-100 aircraft have been permanently based at Leipzig/Halle since March 2006 as part of the SALIS project (Strategic Airlift International Solution).

The airport is also the base for a subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group, Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Services GmbH (AMTES GmbH), which has a maintenance centre for Antonov 124 and western aircraft at the site.

From the airport there are also regular freight charter flights and a scheduled cargo service to Moscow (operated by Air Bridge Cargo).

PortGround: the competent partner for all kinds of freight

PortGround GmbH offers ground handling and freight services and other operations at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports as a subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG.

The company has IATA-certified personnel (International Air Transport Association) in order to handle all types of aircraft and cargo, including large animals. The spectrum of services ranges from loading and unloading aircraft – including all the transport activities in the apron area – to aircraft service tasks, which involve moving planes with tugs, providing support for starting engines, interior cleaning and water supplies and disposal. PortGround is also responsible for deicing aircraft during the winter months.

PortGround not only provides physical and documentary handling for air freight, but also trucking services and training courses. The company also offers services and advice related to the issues of hazardous goods and air freight security.

PortGround is certified as a Regulated Agent and an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO).

Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG

Flughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH is a subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG. It handled approx. 2.2 million passengers and 1.05 million tonnes of freight in 2016. Leipzig/Halle Airport is therefore Germany's second-largest for cargo and the number 5 in Europe.

The airport is linked to the A 9 and A 14 motorways and has a railway station, which forms an integral part of the central terminal. Passengers can reach the check-in area directly from the station and the multi-storey car park.

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