DHL Express has broken ground on its new Munich Airport facility, which will significantly increase its footprint when it opens in 2024.

The new facility, which is being built on car parks P 80 and P 80 West, will have a gross floor area of 11,000 square metres, and will be almost 7 times larger than its existing facility it rents at Munich Airport’s cargo centre.

Airside access will allow aircraft parked on the apron to be reached directly from the new building, and the facility will have 2 PUD (pick-up and delivery) fingers, allowing up to 65 delivery vehicles to be handled simultaneously.

DHL Express is investing €104m in the new facility, which is located on land leased from the airport operator, Flughafen München.

State Minister Dr Florian Herrmann, Member of the Bavarian Parliament and Head of the Bavarian State Chancellery, says, “Today is the groundbreaking ceremony for a win-win project: for DHL Express, Munich Airport, for Bavaria and for the people who want to reliably send and receive urgent shipments worldwide. With the new Express Center, DHL is setting standards in logistics and sustainability. Munich Airport is an engine for the region and for Bavaria as a whole."

Energy-saving materials and technologies such as LED lighting technology will be installed, and the facility will be equipped with a photovoltaic system that generates 100kW to power the building’s services, servers and computers.

Heat pumps will provide heat, and there are plans for 32 e-vehicle charging stations at the PUD fingers, 2 charging points for apron vehicles, and charging points in employee car parks.