Lufthansa Cargo has begun the construction of a new state-of-the-art hub at Frankfurt Airport. It is making a significant investment of around 500 million euros in the modernization of Cargo City North.
In collaboration with partner Ed. Züblin AG, the airline, has begun constructing a 40-meter-high high-bay warehouse, automated transport system, and other building modules. This extensive project aims to upgrade and revitalize the existing Lufthansa Cargo Center, ultimately covering an area of over 70,000 square meters. The project has a planned completion date of 2030.
Frankfurt Hub Handles 80% of Lufthansa Cargo Volume
“With a throughput share of around 80 percent of Lufthansa Cargo’s global cargo volume, the Frankfurt hub plays a decisive role in the operational success of Lufthansa Cargo,” says Ashwin Bhat, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. The modernization and new buildings will further improve turnaround times and increase efficiency at Lufthansa Cargo’s central location. “For our customers, this means faster handling speeds, easier transport processes, and an improvement in service quality,” Bhat adds.
Lufthansa’s Largest Construction Project
“The implementation and detailed planning of the central construction measures for the next eight years will be carried out together with construction partner Ed. Zьblin AG of Frankfurt. “With Zьblin, we have gained an experienced expert in building construction and civil engineering who will support us with individual and customized solutions. We are delighted to be tackling the Lufthansa Group’s largest construction project together with Ed. Zьblin AG,” says Stefan Dьrr, head of the infrastructure program at Lufthansa Cargo and project manager of LCCevolution.
In the construction of the high-bay warehouse, Ed. Züblin AG has partnered with BLEICHERT Automation GmbH & Co. KG, a prominent mechanical engineering company. The expertise and support of io-consultants GmbH & Co. KG are also esssential to plan logistics systems in this extensive project. All partners successfully signed the contract on November 21 at Frankfurt Airport.
The first parts of the automated transport system and the construction of the first two building modules have completion dates between 2023 and 2027.
“A particular challenge of this project is the implementation of a complex construction project while the regular operation of the hub must be guaranteed 24/7, and the gradual improvement of the hub as the new elements are put into function,” explains Dietmar Focke, Chief Operations Officer at Lufthansa Cargo.
Johannes Graf, Technical Director of Ed. Zьblin AG adds: “The revitalization and renewal of the cargo hub at Frankfurt Airport gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our technical expertise at one of Europe’s largest transportation hubs. We are proud to be working with Lufthansa Cargo on this project from the planning phase through to construction. We would like to thank them for their partnership and constructive cooperation.”
Lufthansa Cargo AG
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Lufthansa Cargo serves as the dedicated logistics arm of the Lufthansa Group.
With a revenue of 4.6 billion euros and a transport performance of 7.2 billion freight ton kilometers in 2022, Lufthansa Cargo is a leading global airfreight transportation company. Currently employing around 4,100 people worldwide, Lufthansa Cargo primarily focuses on airport-to-airport business. Their extensive route network serves over 300 destinations in more than 100 countries. The cargo division uses a combination of dedicated freighter and passenger aircraft. The passenger aircraft capacity comes through flights operated by Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Discover Airlines, and SunExpress. Lufthansa Cargo has additional ground capacity through truck transport. Frankfurt Airport remains the primary hub for the majority of its cargo operations.
Committed to becoming the world’s most environmentally friendly cargo airline, Lufthansa Cargo invests in state-of-the-art technologies and sustainability initiatives. In 2022, the airline’s cargo division achieved significant milestones. The company expanded the B777F fleet. It also added A321 freighters to the short- and medium-haul networks. Furthermore, Lufthansa Cargo adopted the Sustainable Aviation Fuel program. Lufthansa Cargo will incorporate Sharkskin technology into its B777F fleet. It will also introduce further digital services. The airline will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions through sustainable logistics solutions.