With the launch of a new building for freight forwarding companies next to the existing freight facilities, FMG (the Munich Airport operating company) is laying the groundwork to ensure smooth cargo handling even with the anticipated massive growth in the future. The ongoing airfreight boom caused the volume of airfreight handled at Munich Airport to quadruple between 1992 and 2006 from barely 100,000 to more than 400,000 metric tons.
"The era when cargo traffic was seen as an afterthought to passenger operations at Munich Airport can now be considered a thing of the past. Over the years, a European-level logistics center has taken shape here that can confidently face any comparison at the national or international level,“ said Walter Vill, the CFO and deputy CEO of FMG at the opening of the new facility.
The first phase of the development that has now been completed provides total floor space of 15,000 square meters for the use of freight forwarding companies. Four freight forwarding companies – AHT GmbH, Airtruck Befrachtungsgesellschaft mbH, Detzer Aircargo Service GmbH and Geis SDV GmbH (Future Group) – will set up operations in the new facility. Rapid expansion is possible in the form of a second phase with a total additional area of up to 15,000 square meters.
The building is 230 meters long, 65 meters wide and 12 meters high. More than 50 trucks will be able to dock simultaneously at the facility. It is linked to the existing freight terminal by a dedicated track for dolly trains and forklifts. With the launch of the new facility and the four freight forwarders moving in to set up shop there, additional cargo handling space is now available in the existing cargo terminal.
The parking garage adjacent to the freight forwarders building, which opened its barriers back in early November, has parking spaces on eight levels for approximately 2,300 vehicles. The structural steel facility is 103 meters long, 75 meters wide and 22 meters high, and is remarkable for its transparent, open design.
The new freight forwarders building and parking garage were designed by the Munich architect Christoph Zobel, working in conjunction with FMG’s own experts. Thanks to the close partnership between the FMG planners and the Munich-based general contractor Goldbeck Süd GmbH, the project achieved a “pin-point landing”. The total investments for the new cargo complex will amount to 18.5 million euros.
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