DHL Express plans new airside Helsinki facility

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DHL Express Finland will open a new €100m facility at Helsinki Airport in response to growing demand.

The facility is due to be completed in the second half of 2025 and will allow DHL aircraft parked on the apron to be reached directly from the building.

It will measure 16,000 sq m, more than double the size of DHL Express Finland’s current gateway in Vantaa, and will feature an automated sorting system that can handle approximately 6,500 items per hour.

It also has 90 loading bays equipped with charging stations for e-vehicles.

The new facility comes in response to growing DHL Express shipment volumes in Finland “powered in the past few years by international e-commerce and remarkable growth in demand in all customer segments”.

The new Helsinki gateway is part of an extensive DHL Express network infrastructure improvement programme.

A corresponding gateway facility is currently being built in Munich, and a new Nordic Express hub was opened in Copenhagen a couple of months ago.

In Finland, a new 5,000 sq m express terminal was completed in Pirkkala in 2019.

Oktay Nuri, managing director DHL Express Finland, said: “Over the years, we have systematically invested in and strengthened our operations in Finland. With this project, we will significantly increase our processing capacity, ensuring potential for future growth.

“The new state-of-the-art gateway facility will enhance our ability to continue to create reliable and fast transport services that support the competitiveness of Finnish export and import companies.”

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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]