The Vienna Airport Pharma Handling Center (VPHC) will be handling pharma airfreight for Lufthansa Cargo.

The partnership between the Lufthansa Group's cargo subsidiary and VPHC will further cement Vienna Airport as a pharma hub for Central and Eastern Europe.

All pharma cargo will be transported from and to the airport via Lufthansa Group-owned airline Austrian Airlines.

The VPHC handled around 15% more goods in 2021 than in 2020, with growth of more than 66% compared to the pre-crisis year of 2019.

It offers state-of-the-art facilities for handling and storing temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and GDP certification as well as a fast road distribution network - pharma shipments from Vienna can reach 23 countries within 36 hours.

"With the VPHC, we have gained an important cooperation partner in order to be able to offer our high standards for pharma airfreight at Vienna Airport," says Theresa Schlederer, Director Sales & Handling Austria at Lufthansa Cargo AG.

"As a hub also for medical goods, our VPHC proved its crisis safety and reliability during the Corona period. Even spontaneous charter flights with short times to prepare but high tonnage were handled quickly and smoothly at all times. The fact that Lufthansa Cargo, one of the world's largest air freight companies, has decided to have its pharmaceutical shipments handled by us is confirmation of our high quality and further strengthens Vienna Airport as a pharma hub for Central and Eastern Europe", says Michael Zach, Vice President Sales & Finance, Ground Handling & Cargo Operations at Vienna Airport.