Frankfurt Cargo Services speeds up truck handling

Markus Schneefuss, director operations of FCS using the new system. Photo: Frankfurt Cargo Services

Frankfurt Cargo Services (FCS) has implemented Dakosy’s FAIR@Link digital Ramp Control System to enable slot booking times and reduce truck waiting times for cargo collections and deliveries.

The slot booking tool allows Frankfurt Airport-based FCS, an affiliate of Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) to optimise the allocation of truck ramps by allowing freight forwarders delivering and collecting cargoes for FCS’ airline customers to digitally reserve ramps for loading and unloading, speeding up the handling process.

This standardised approach allows FCS to use its facility infrastructure more efficiently, counteracts peak times, and increases the ability for all parties to plan and utilise their resources efficiently. 

Ramp slots can be booked online using the tool’s Transport Pre-Announcement (TPA). Forwarders can transmit necessary data to the Ramp Control System, which automatically checks availability and assigns a ramp for a specific time slot, avoiding waiting times for drivers and vehicles. Live information during the dispatch process also ensures maximum transparency.

The implementation follows an extensive test phase which involved FCS connecting many of its customers to the system. FCS has now commenced the full deployment for imports, and export deliveries will begin to be phased into the Fair@Link system from August.

“The participation of FCS in the Ramp Control System is an important milestone,” said Ulrich Wrage, chief executive of Dakosy. “For shippers and forwarders, the application means a standardised booking of time slots in the airport’s Cargo City South. All players will ultimately benefit from the site-wide use of the system through shortened waiting times, greater transparency and optimisation of the cargo handling process.”

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]