Emirates SkyCargo has opened a 1,000 square metre dedicated pharma facility at Chicago O'Hare.

The facility is equipped with temperature controlled zones for acceptance and delivery, pharma cargo build up and break down, storage and direct ramp access. It has been developed in partnership with ground handling company Maestro and the facility will have a capacity of 15,000 tonnes of pharma shipments per annum.

“Emirates SkyCargo is committed to the safe and secure transportation of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments,” commented Divisional Senior Vice President, Nabil Sultan. “This was also a unique model wherein we worked closely with the ground handler and were involved in the planning for the facility from the very beginning. Using our learnings from transporting pharma across six continents, we were able to collaborate to make the new pharma facility fit for purpose,” he continued.

Close to the ramp for short transits to and from aircraft, the new Chicago facility offers temperature controlled zones from 2-8ºC and 15-25ºC. With the opening of the pharma facility at O'Hare, Emirates SkyCargo has now expanded its initial network of 12 pharma stations to 20, following on from the success of its pharma corridor initiative that was announced back in January 2018.