The building will boast a gross floor area of over 11,000 square meters, make the facility almost seven times larger than the warehouse DHL Express currently rents at Munich Airport’s cargo center. DHL Express will build and operate the new site on land leased from the airport operator, Flughafen München GmbH (FMG).
The new facility comes in response to growing DHL Express shipment volumes at the Munich gateway. Talking about the business’s 104 million euro ($105.37 million) investment, Markus Reckling, managing director of DHL Express Germany, said “our old processing area can’t keep pace with the growth in import and export volumes given current digitalization and globalization trends.”
“The new gateway facility at Munich Airport not only represents the next important step in our infrastructure plan, but also enables us to prioritize our customers by offering them an improved service,” Reckling said.
Once operational, the airside access allows aircraft parked on the apron to be reached directly from the new building. The gateway also has two so-called PUD (pick-up and delivery) fingers, at which up to 65 delivery vehicles can be handled simultaneously.
In designing the building, DHL Express placed emphasis on energy-saving materials and technologies, such as state-of-the-art LED lighting technology, which will be installed throughout the complex, and a photovoltaic system to power the building’s services, servers and computers. Heat pumps, supplemented by the airport’s district heating system, will provide heat to the building.
Plans also exist for 32 e-vehicle charging stations at the PUD fingers, two charging points for apron vehicles and charging points at employee parking lots.
FMG CEO Jost Lammers said the groundbreaking sends an “extremely important signal for the future development of Munich Airport.”
“We see enormous potential in terms of air freight and express services,” Lammers said. “The strong commitment DHL Express is making represents a sure sign of its confidence in the location. Bavarian businesses will benefit greatly from the gateway, with its highly efficient logistics offerings and wide range of airfreight destinations.”
The new Munich Airport gateway facility is part of an extensive DHL Express infrastructure improvement program that aims to grow the number of state-of-the-art shipment processing facilities in Germany, including Dortmund, Neu-Ulm and Bremen. The Munich gateway’s regional service area stretches from Nuremberg in the north to Straubing in the northeast, Bad Aibling in the south and Neu-Ulm in the west. A daily flight also connects Munich to DHL Express’s international hub in Leipzig. Other connections from Munich include East Midlands in the U.K. and Malpensa in Italy.