Latvia's Riga airport to build advanced air cargo handling centre for DHL
A COOPERTION agreement has been signed between Riga airport, logistics company DHL Latvia and real estate development company Castor Construction that paves the way for the construction of a 4,500-square-metre regional shipment processing and multifunctional logistics centre at the airport in Latvia within a year
A COOPERTION agreement has been signed between Riga airport, logistics company DHL Latvia and real estate development company Castor Construction that paves the way for the construction of a 4,500-square-metre regional shipment processing and multifunctional logistics centre at the airport in Latvia within a year.
The new sorting facility will allow for more efficient shipment handling, thus ensuring faster and more convenient delivery of shipments to customers. As part of its efforts to lower CO2 emissions, energy-efficient solutions are planned at the new terminal, including the company's intention to supplement its fleet with electric vehicles, reported London-area International Airport Review.
'The new DHL cargo logistics centre will ensure a stable long-term air cargo flow at Riga airport,' said Riga airport chairperson Ilona Lice.
'Considering the rapidly changing dynamics of air cargo shipments, the main and decisive role in attracting and developing the international cargo logistics solution at Riga airport is the development of low-cost infrastructure, high quality of services, clear and simple customs procedures, and added value that based on innovations can be created by cargo companies and regulatory authorities.
'The main task of the airport is to provide an appropriate infrastructure and a favourable platform for cooperation, which will facilitate the entry of new cargo carriers and increase the turnover of air cargo.'
As the aerodrome infrastructure at Riga airport continues to develop, a new cargo apron will be completed in the near future, which will double the airport's cargo handling capacity. The new apron will feature three large-fuselage aircraft piers with a flexible layout to accommodate all types of cargo aircraft.
Currently, air cargo transportation in Latvia consists of four business lines: export and import of high value-added goods; mail and e-commerce; transit air cargo handling; and non-military cargo transit to Afghanistan for the needs of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
During the first nine months of the year, Riga airport handled 20,000 tonnes of air cargo - half of the entire air cargo volume in the Baltics.