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Cargo Handling at Frankfurt Airport: Going Increasingly Digital

The “FAIR@Link” cargo community system was launched one year ago. The success of the system led Fraport and DAKOSY to feature the system at this years IATA World Cargo Symposium in Berlin.

Airport operator Fraport AG and software and IT service provider DAKOSY AG have drawn a positive balance after the first year of FrankfurtAIR@Link (FAIR@Link) at Frankfurt Airport. Since the Cargo Community System began operating in January 2015, the number of new customers and thus also the volume of cargo handled via FAIR@Link has grown steadily.

During the course of 2015, the platform’s users were joined by CEVA Logistics, GEODIS, Röhlig, UTi Deutschland, and cargo handler CHI. The number of transports registered with FAIR@Link increased by 55% between January 2015 and January 2016, with a total of more than 40,000 air waybills being processed via the system.

The launch of FAIR@Link marked the start of a push towards digitization at Europe’s largest cargo airport. Dirk Schusdziara, Senior Vice President Cargo at Fraport AG, explains: “Our customers want reliable, transparent processes, and FAIR@Link serves as the basis for this. It networks the players in the airfreight chain and allows them to digitally exchange information, which in turn improves the physical processes between them – not just within our CargoCities, but also well beyond their perimeters. That is why we actively supported the development of this system from its beginnings. Looking ahead, we will continue to promote the platform in order to strengthen our leading position in this sector.” He added that the stage has been set and now is the time to proactively seize these opportunities.