WFS opens new pharma centre at Copenhagen Airport
GROUND handler and airport services provider, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), has officially opened its new pharmaceutical facility at Copenhagen Airport (CPH)
GROUND handler and airport services provider, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), has officially opened its new pharmaceutical facility at Copenhagen Airport (CPH).
WFS said in a statement that the upgrade of its CPH facilities began 18 months earlier and has since seen a significant increase in pharmaceutical volumes at the airport.
WFS' new Copenhagen facility features a 1,500 square metre building with temperature-controlled storage areas for products requiring storage in the +2 to +8 degrees Celsius range and +15 to +25 degrees Celsius range. The building includes infrastructure for acceptance, offload, pre-storage, build-up and storage for loose shipments and pre-built pallets with capacity for up to 300 Euro-pallets.
WFS senior vice president of commercial cargo - EME, Dan Parker, said: 'Pharma is a big focus because both Denmark and Sweden have important pharmaceutical production sites located in or around the Oresund region and Copenhagen is a natural international gateway for these products.
'By increasing our commitment, we also hope pharma volumes still being trucked to other airports will now see WFS is offering a more local, high quality and cost-efficient solution and this will also contribute to the continued growth of the airport.'
WFS has increased its investments in pharma handling over the past two years to establish itself as a GDP and CEIV option for pharma shipments. Pharmaceuticals are an attractive product for air cargo carriers thanks to the high value by volume of the cargo type, reports New York's Air Cargo World.
The opening of the CPH facility comes during the same month as the opening of WFS' new EUR10 million (US$11.08 million) pharma centre in Paris at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). The handler also said that its CPH cargo handling footprint increased to 13,900 square metres as of September 1, with the opening of another 4,700 square metre freight centre at the airport.