DFW redevelops to grow

Carriers at DFW include American Airlines

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is redeveloping its 19th Street Cargo facility with a view to enhancing its international e-commerce capabilities and increasing overall cargo capacity.

Besides supporting the gateway’s ongoing growth in cargo operations, the 19th Street Cargo Redevelopment Project is intended to address labour shortages, airport congestion and sustainability while improving safety, efficiency and security – all through the application of state-of-the-art technology. It will add approximately 350,000 sq ft of new warehouse space and seven large cargo aircraft parking positions, with completion slated for late 2024.

After searching for potential tenants that value innovation, automation and emerging technologies, DFW chose Menzies Aviation and dnata USA to create and operate new cargo warehouses at the redeveloped site, subject to final approval by the airport’s board of directors.

DFW executive vice president, global strategy and development John Ackerman said: “We selected these tenants for their commitment to excellence in cargo handling and their long-term business strategy, which supports our business priorities in developing DFW as a transit hub in the global supply chain connecting Asia and Latin America.

“This will also support our goal of being a hub for the fastest growing markets, including pharma and other perishables, as well as cross-border e-commerce.”

Robert Fordree, executive vice president of cargo at Menzies Aviation, said: “This new cargo opportunity will allow us to showcase our investment in innovation and make the new DFW cargo facility one of the most technologically advanced in North America.”

For dnata, regional chief executive Americas David Barker added: “dnata continues to invest in cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technologies and digitisation, to further enhance efficiencies across our operations. This includes the use of innovative autonomous drones in our existing warehouses at DFW. Our long-term commitment to sustainable operations, including the construction of new, LEED-certified buildings, also aligns with DFW’s plans for the 19th Street Cargo redevelopment.”

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