Cathay Pacific Cargo signs up to Swissport in Frankfurt

Cathay Pacific Cargo has signed up to use Swissport as its cargo handler in Frankfurt, shortly after the company opened a new facility at the German airport.

The airline signed a five-year contract with Swissport, with the first shipment processed on Monday.

“The new 5-year collaboration represents a significant increase of handling volumes for Swissport’s activities at Frankfurt Airport,” the handler said.

The contract represents 26,000 tons of cargo per year, flown with freight 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,” says Henning Dieter, head of Swissport Cargo Services Germany. “Our investments in high-tech equipment and digitalisation combined with the increased warehousing space provide a strong foundation for a mutually beneficial collaboration.”

The handler added that Cathay Pacific Cargo relies on its cargo handling and ground services at various airports in a dozen countries around the globe.

Earlier this week, Swissport started operations at its brand new 17,000 sq m facility at Frankfurt Airport, increasing air cargo capacity by about 50%.

“The integrated Swissport Pharma Center guarantees end-to-end temperature-controlled processing and warehousing for pharmaceutical shipments, an important European export product not only in times of Covid-19,” Swissport said.

“The new location features a state-of-the-art infrastructure, innovative technology, sustainable energy creation and digitalised processes for traffic control.”

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]