Swissport and Cathay Pacific Cargo have signed a five year contract for the handling of air cargo at Frankfurt airport.
Cathay Pacific Cargo’s first shipment was processed today (November 4) at the new air cargo warehouse, opened by Swissport just two days ago. The brand new 17,000 square metre facility increased the handler’s air cargo capacity by around 50%.
The new agreement sees the Hong Kong based cargo carrier chose Frankfurt as its European air cargo hub. It also represents a significant increase in handling volumes for Swissport at Frankfurt airport. The contract represents 26,000 tonnes of cargo per year, flown with both freighter aircraft (four weekly flights with Boeing 747-400 or 747-8) and four weekly passenger flights (Boeing 777 or Airbus 350) between Frankfurt, the US and Hong Kong.
“We are very pleased with this vote of confidence by Cathay Pacific Cargo, one of the world’s leading air cargo carriers,” commented Henning Dieter, Head of Swissport Cargo Services Germany. “Our investments in high-tech equipment and digitalization combined with the increased warehousing space provide a strong foundation for a mutually beneficial collaboration.”
Cathay Pacific Cargo already relies on Swissport’s air cargo handling and ground services at various airports in a dozen countries around the globe and the new contract was added based on this successful international co-operation.