Worldwide Flight Services Unveil Plans for Pharma Facility at Copenhagen Airport
One of the world’s leading ground handling organizations, providing high-quality cargo, passenger, premium, ramp, baggage and technical services, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) recently announced they are to invest in a new state-of-the-art pharma facility at Copenhagen Airport.
The new facility will aid the CPH Cargo Community’s growth strategy.
Construction on the new 1,500m2 facility will begin in April 2019 and will offer end-to-end handling in a temperature-controlled environment for 2-8°C pharma products incorporating acceptance, offload, pre-storage, build-up and storage. The storage area has a capacity large enough for 300 EUR pallets and 30 PMC pallets.
EVP Cargo for Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA), John Batten said, “This new investment in Copenhagen reflects our continued commitment to support airport cargo communities with growing pharma volumes. We already have IATA CEIV certified locations in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid and Miami, and we have further investments planned to upgrade our pharma capabilities in other key WFS stations in the year ahead.”
The announcement about the new facility was made by WFS General Manager Scandinavia, Jimi Daniel Hansen at the CPH Cargo Community launch meeting. The event was attended by over 100 industry representatives, including airlines, freight forwarders and exporters, the topic for discussion being the airport’s new cargo strategy as well as the IATA CEIV Pharma and digitization programs.
Mr. Hansen said, “There is already a fast-growing demand for high-quality handling of pharma shipments at Copenhagen Airport. Our commitment to significantly increase our facilities will provide the capacity for future growth and establish Copenhagen as a world-class airport for pharma cargoes.”
Several major airlines who carry pharma shipments have welcomed the move. Lufthansa Cargo Head of Sales and Handling, Denmark & Iceland, Michael Schoop commented, “Over the last years, Lufthansa Cargo has invested in its own infrastructure, certification and training and is pleased to offer a broad variety of passive and active cooled pharma air cargo solutions worldwide. To meet our high, certified quality standards on a global level, we are also cooperating with selected local partners and are pleased to work with Worldwide Flight Services in Copenhagen. We appreciate that our customers will benefit from WFS’s investment in a dedicated pharma warehouse at Copenhagen Airport.”
Cargo Manager Nordic at Singapore Airlines, Nete Kilting Staffeldt added, ”Singapore Airlines is very pleased about the news regarding WFS’s new pharma facilities in CPH. This will definitely support the ambition to further enhance our pharma product competencies and add value for our customers.”