At Frankfurt Airport (FRA), approximately 120,000 tonnes of vaccines, medications and other pharmaceutical products were handled in 2019. This makes FRA the European leader.
Leveraging this position, airport operator Fraport and Lufthansa Cargo together with other partners at the site see themselves well prepared for handling a possible corona vaccine.
Currently, around 12,000 sq mt of temperature-controlled handling capacity with direct apron access is available at Frankfurt Airport. Two third of this is located in the highly modern Lufthansa Cargo Pharma Hub while an additional 2,000 sq mt of space on the further airport ground will soon be made operational. These areas meet international and European standards.
Fraport already has been meeting the requirements of the CEIV Pharma certificate of the airline association IATA since 2018, as have eleven other service companies operating in Frankfurt. In addition, there are freight forwarders and airlines that meet the EU GDP standard. This means that more than 75% of the transport routes at the airport are certified. In addition, Fraport currently uses 20 ultra-modern thermal transporters to ensure the necessary temperature of the goods on their way across the apron as well.
Max Philipp Conrady, Head of Central Cargo Infrastructure at Fraport said, “Frankfurt Airport offers the ideal infrastructural conditions for the handling of pharmaceutical goods. We are closely monitoring the current research for a corona vaccine. When the time comes, we will provide the best possible support together with our partners in the distribution of vaccines and medicines.”
“Already during the handling of urgently needed protective equipment and partly vital pharmaceutical goods at the beginning of the year, we showed that we, as a cargo community, make an essential contribution to supplying the population,” Conrady added.
Lufthansa Cargo is also well prepared to fly a possible corona vaccine around the world. With far reaching destinations and 31 pharmaceutical stations worldwide, all of which are to be CEIV Pharma-certified by the end of 2021, the cargo airline has an excellent network. This means that temperature-sensitive goods, such as vaccines or medicines, can be brought to their destination as quickly as possible.
Jörg Bodenröder, Director of Handling Specials at Lufthansa Cargo said, “The last few months have clearly shown us how important well-functioning supply chains are, especially in times of crisis. When it comes to transporting a vaccine against the corona virus, Lufthansa Cargo will also do everything it can to enable fast distribution by air.”
As one of the first airfreight carriers to focus, among other things, on the transport of temperature-sensitive goods, Lufthansa Cargo can draw on many years of experience in the transport of pharmaceuticals. With almost all the transport options available on the market, shippers also have access to a broad product portfolio in which nearly all requirements can be met.