Fraport is the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport (FRA). The additional trailers will take Fraport's total up to 20 temperature-controlled transporters.
'The two new refrigerated transporters will give us maximum flexibility when it comes to handling temperature-sensitive goods. We have profound expertise in this area, and our customers benefit from this. It means that we can offer ideal infrastructure conditions together with our partners at Air Cargo Community in Frankfurt,' said Fraport ground handling chief Siegfried Pasler.
The new dollies are called cool boxes, and will allow transportation of temperature-sensitive products in a range between minus 20 and plus 30 degrees celsius.
Each transporter has two cabins, which can be accessed through either side. They're both fitted with an individually adjustable cooling system, regardless if the engine is switched off and the outside temperature is 30 degrees Celsius, the cabin will remain at the set temperature for over 60 minutes.
The transporters also have an electronic temperature monitoring system and a tracking system.
'Last year, we handled 120,000 metric tons of pharmaceutical products at Frankfurt Airport, making us Europe's leading pharmaceutical hub. The expansion of the fleet significantly underpins our status even further, particularly with a view to the upcoming transportation of the coronavirus vaccine,' said Fraport development chief Max Philipp Conrady.
Fraport has been using unique and high performing temperature-controlled transporters for more than 20 years.
Currently, Frankfurt Airport has around 12,000 square metres of temperature-controlled handling capacity available for pharmaceutical products.
Meanwhile, another 2,000 square metres are about to be put into operation. Over 75 per cent of the airport's routes are certified in accordance with international and European CEIV1 standards.