Swissport to expand its cargo capabilities at Vienna

By Damian Brett

Swissport's new Vienna Airport facility CGI

Swissport will expand its cargo presence at Vienna Airport later this year following the lease of two new adjacent facilities.

The handler has signed a seven-year lease agreement for the new facilities, which will increase its local warehousing capacity at the airport by nearly 50%.

The adjacent 8,000 sq m warehouses are part of the Deutsche Logistik Holding‘s ‘SkyLog park Vienna’ in the Fischamend region.

The completion of construction work is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, when operations will move from the existing Cargo Nord Object 10 facility.

“The brand-new building will offer ample warehouse and office space right in the center of the industrial zone and increase the warehousing capacity by nearly 50%, allowing Swissport to grow its share in forwarder handling,” the company said in a press release.

It is the second major investment in Vienna, following the opening of a warehouse with direct tarmac access in mid-2019.

“Despite persisting challenges to global aviation, air cargo volumes have rebounded and again reached 2019 levels. Our business in Vienna has also been developing favorably. We are proud of our committed team there and pleased to announce our new warehouse,” said Henning Dieter, head of Swissport Cargo Services Germany and Austria.

“It will support our expansion into forwarder handling and greatly benefit our customers and staff.”

The handler has been investing in its cargo facilities in recent month: Swissport inaugurated a 17,000 sq m air cargo warehouse and pharma centre at Frankfurt Airport in November 2020 and recently opened a new office building in Brussels, where a complete refurbishment of the 25,000 sq m warehouse with 47 truck loading bays is currently underway.

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