DHL Global Forwarding and Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, have started construction of a new air freight centre at Frankfurt Airport.
Construction of the state-of-the-art centre represents a further milestone in the successful development of Frankfurt Airport as a cargo and air freight hub.
Tobias Schmidt, the chief executive of DHL Global Forwarding Europe, and Anke Giesen, Fraport AG’s executive director retail and real estate, led the official groundbreaking ceremony at Frankfurt Airport’s CargoCity South.
With the new air freight centre, Fraport is developing a further site at CargoCity South in the immediate vicinity of Airport Gate 31.
The new building on the approximately 55,000 sqm property is estimated to take approximately 12 months to complete.
DHL Global Forwarding is expected to inaugurate the air cargo centre in mid-2025.
At this site, DHL Global Forwarding will primarily handle air freight for its German and international customers and manage charter flights with its in-house service provider, StarBroker.
The new cargo centre and office complex will partly supplement the existing airport location, and will offer not just additional transshipment space, but also room for the new StarBroker European headquarters of DHL Global Forwarding.
Schmidt said: “We’re very pleased that we were able to develop a larger, more sustainable site in close cooperation with Fraport. The newly created space will enable us to handle greater transport volumes for our customers even more quickly and efficiently.”
Overall, the new building at CargoCity South will provide approximately 24,500 sqm of new hall space and 3,000 sqm of flexible office and social space.
The new complex will also include freight yards, 25 truck parking spaces and 185 car parking spaces.
Upon completion, the hall will have a total of 54 gates and cross-docks, driving and shunting areas and additional, separate outdoor parking for trucks.
The property will be owned by Fraport AG and leased to DHL Global Forwarding.
Giesen said: “This building will meet the strictest ecological and economic requirements for modern freight handling facilities.
“As such, it will put our future tenant DHL Global Forwarding in the best position to take its air freight business to the next level.
“The realisation of this complex project is also a testament to the extraordinarily broad portfolio and proven expertise of Fraport’s real estate development team.”