Lufthansa Cargo opens new pharma facilities in US and Germany
LUFTHANSA Cargo has expanded its pharma operations with the opening of a new hub in Munich and another in Chicago
25 August 2020 - 19:00
The new 1,000 square metre facility in Munich in situated on several levels and is at the city's airport and offers space for up to 96 pallets and loose cargo in two different temperature ranges (2 degrees Celsius to 8 degrees Celsius and 15 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius) and a freezer (down to -18 degrees Celsius). The carrier hopes to have the facility IATA CEIV certified in the autumn, which would represent the first facility at Munich airport to achieve the standard.
Lufthansa Cargo board member operations, Harald Gloy, said: 'With the new Pharma-Hub in Munich we have created a state-of-the-art infrastructure for temperature-sensitive freight that will guarantee our customers even higher transport quality for their pharma shipments in the future.
'Particularly in the context of the corona pandemic, the relevance of stable supply chains and fast transport of medicines or vaccines has once again been demonstrated.'
Meanwhile, in June Lufthansa Cargo opened a pharma centre at Chicago at O'Hare Airport. The 750 square metre facility provides space on several levels for up to 54 pallets and 102 cool containers in two different temperature ranges (2 degrees Celsius to 8 degrees Celsius and 15 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius) and in a freezer (down to -18 degrees Celsius).
Most of the pharmaceutical shipments carried by Lufthansa Cargo are handled at its Frankfurt pharma hub, which was extended by around two-thirds to 8,000 square metres in 2018.
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