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Franz Josef Strauss
or Germany's second-largest airport and the first European airport to be awarded the highest seal of quality– ‘Five Star Airport’ status by Skytrax– Munich is
working together with home carrier Lufthansa to ensure the safe, secure, and swift transportation of the COVID-19
vaccines from manufacturer to end-user now that the vaccines
are approved by the European Medicine Agency.
Lufthansa’s new Pharma Hub at Munich Airport kicked off
operations, after completion of its construction period in just
five months. The facility offers space for up to 96 pallets and
loose cargo in two different temperature ranges (+2 to +8°C and
+15 to +25°C) and a freezer (down to -18°C) on almost 1,000 sq
mt and on several levels.
A CEIV Pharma-certification by the International Air
Transport Association (IATA) for the new pharma hub is
planned for this fall. Notably, this will also be the first pharma
certification by the aviation association at Munich Airport.
In August, DHL Express announced it is planning to build
a new cargo facility, covering more than 8,000 sq mt at Munich
The new building will have a direct airside access and two
pick-up and delivery (PUD) fingers, where up to 65 delivery
vehicles can be dispatched simultaneously. This gives a time
advantage, particularly to cliIn August, DHL Express
ents in the south of Germany.
announced it is
Furthermore, the new station
planning to build a
will meet all safety requirenew cargo facility,
ments of the Transported Asset
covering more than
Protection Association (TAPA),
8,000 sq mt at Munich
and will obtain the globally
Airport. The new
recognised TAPA Class A certification, the highest security
building will have a
level in air transportation.
direct airside access
DHL Express said the new
and two pick-up and
facility is being planned and condelivery (PUD) fingers,
structed after it saw an increase
where up to 65
in import and export volumes at
delivery vehicles can
the Munich hub. Construction of
gives a time advantage, particularly to
clients in the south of
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Senior Vice PresidentAviation,
Franz Josef Strauss
The cooperation with Lufthansa in Munich is an important
growth driver. Lufthansa's decision to make Munich the
exclusive base for its A350 fleet and to transfer Airbus
A380 aircraft to our airport delivered a massive boost to
intercontinental services and our development as a hub.
Also worth mentioning is Munich's outstanding defined
peak infrastructure. A further clear signal that growth will
continue at this location is the agreement recently signed
by DHL and Munich Airport for the construction of a freight
building with investment of 70 million euros.
the new facility is scheduled to be completed by 2022.
“As an integral part of critical infrastructure, Munich Airport has maintained uninterrupted operations, playing a role
both in helping travellers to return home and in ensuring the
ongoing rapid shipment of vital goods,” said Andreas von
Puttkamer, Senior Vice President- Aviation at Munich Airport.
“The four integrators UPS, FedEx, DHL and TNT with operations base in Munich kept their flight operations going
throughout the crisis.”
“From early June, many airlines ramped up flight operations and gradually added destinations to our route network.
Many European connections have been reactivated. Transatlantic and Asian traffic also gradually restarted. In the meantime, 40 airlines started offering flights from Munich to around
120 destinations, with demand trending upward.”
According to von Puttkamer, on some routes, they have
seen some very creative solutions in that regard. “For example,
Lufthansa operated the outbound leg of its Munich to Delhi
service as a cargo-only flight and the return leg as a passenger
flight carrying belly freight.”
“The cooperation with Lufthansa in Munich is an important growth driver,” von Puttkamer said. “Lufthansa's decision
to make Munich the exclusive base for its A350 fleet and to
transfer Airbus A380 aircraft to
our airport delivered a massive
boost to intercontinental services
and our development as a hub.
Also worth mentioning is Munich's outstanding defined peak
“A further clear signal that
growth will continue at this location is the agreement recently
signed by DHL and Munich Airport for the construction of a
freight building with investment
of 70 million euros,” he added.