Munich Airport has teamed up with DHL Express Germany to conclude an agreement for the construction of a new cargo facility at the German hub. Reflecting the current situation the partners signed the contract digitally.
Munich Airport’s CEO Jost Lammers welcomed the agreement saying: “Particularly in these very difficult times for the aviation industry, this sends an important signal and is a strong proof of confidence in Munich as a business location. The increased commitment of DHL Express will sharpen our profile as a logistics location and create significant stimulation for air freight traffic.”
The new EUR 70 million facility will cover more than 8,000 sqm with DHL Express responsible for planning, building and operating the new building. It will lease the land from the airport. The new facility will be six times bigger than the existing hall space currently being rented by DHL at the airport and is scheduled to open in 2022.
Markus Reckling, Managing Director of DHL Express Germany, explained that his company has seen a substantial increase in import and export volumes at its Munich Gateway. “The existing building could not keep up with this growth,” he reasoned. “After modernising and expanding our service centre in Unterschleißheim for EUR 13 million last year, the construction of our new gateway at the airport is the next step in the infrastructure plan with which we are clearly committing to our presence in the Munich region. Even in the currently difficult economic situation, we are continuing to invest systematically in service for our customers, which is our top priority.”
The new gateway will have direct airside access and two “PUD” (pick-up and delivery) fingers.