FRA Cargo
Fraport AG

April 2018


Interview
News from FRA
Cargo Figures
Upcoming Dates
 
Dear freight community,
 
A successful 2017 has been followed by a positive start to 2018. Now that the first quarter of 2018 has just ended, it is time to share with you all that has happened at FRA over the past few months.
 
If you would like to find out about the latest FRA news and our activities even faster in the future, you can also follow us on LinkedIn under FRA Cargo.
 
Happy reading!
 
Your FRA Cargo Team
Interview
LUG: “We want to make processes for delivering and picking up shipments more reliable and transparent“
In our current issue, we are interviewing Patrik Tschirch, Managing Director of LUG aircargo handling GmbH. LUG is part of Dettmer Group KG, a family-run firm based in Bremen. In 2017, the company handled approx. 240,000 metric tons of freight at FRA, where they cover an area of 33,000 sqm. Last month, LUG’s new Health Care Center with seven temperature-controlled rooms entered into operation. LUG expects to complete the IATA CEIV pharmaceutical certification process by the end of the second quarter.
 
 
What distinguishes FRA as a cargo site?
 
FRA is notable not only for its central location within Europe and its intercontinental connectivity, but also for an infrastructure that accommodates a wide range of products requiring special handling. This includes perishables, pharmaceuticals, valuable cargo and live animals.
 
 
 
What are your further plans for FRA in the near term?
 
We want to work with other stakeholders in the CCS to harmonize the processes for delivering and picking up shipments and make these more reliable and transparent (see article in the section 'News from FRA'). We are already off to a fast start with planning and implementation. None of us wishes to experience a similar situation as in the fourth quarter of last year. We simply cannot allow it to happen again.
 
 
What is your assessment of the overall development of the cargo market?
 
In my opinion, the phase of extraordinary growth rates is probably over for the time being, but I still expect the market to continue at a high level. I certainly do not expect any drastic declines in volumes, one reason being that the role of e-commerce will only grow larger. However, this will also result in an increase in the number of packages, and this will have an impact on our processes.
 
 
Which product groups do you think hold the greatest potential?
 
Growth in our industry is going to be shaped by two product groups in particular: temperature-controlled shipments (primarily pharmaceutical products) and the aforementioned e-commerce.
 
 
What’s the most interesting cargo you have ever transported?
 
After 25 years in the industry, there aren’t many things that can get me out from behind my desk, but long ago during my airline years I was extremely impressed by two elephant bulls that were being relocated from a zoo in Toronto to one in Hanover as part of an international exchange program for species conservation. It was simply fascinating to see just how light on their feet these animals were, and how much they trusted their caretakers. It is also worth noting that the transport was time-critical, as the elephants were growing at a rate that meant they would not have been able to fit in a plane for very much longer.
 
News from FRA
 
Solution for eDGD: New cargo portal digitizes entire process 
 
Fraport and IT service provider Dakosy have concluded a cooperation agreement for the implementation of a digital cargo portal at FRA for shippers of dangerous goods. Thus, for the first time worldwide, the entire dangerous goods process will be fully digitized. The portal communicates all shipment details and dangerous goods-specific data completely electronically through only one interface – from the shipper to the airline. The launch of the pilot phase is planned for early May.
 
Read article. . . 
 
 
Important notice for all FCS and LUG customers: Slot agreements will be necessary from May 15 
 
We would like to inform you that, starting May 15, it will be necessary for both FCS and LUG to bindingly book a slot for deliveries and pick-ups. From this time onwards, only vehicles that have booked a loading or unloading slot using the Dakosy dock management system in advance online will be allowed to drive to these two companies’ loading docks. Drivers who have not booked a slot must report to a terminal on site. In that case, it should be noted that it is not always possible to receive a slot quickly.
 
Read article. . . 
 
 
Frankfurt Airport wins Excellence Award once again as best international freight airport 
 
In February, Frankfurt Airport received the prestigious STAT Trade Times International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo in the International Cargo Airport of the Year category. The award was presented at the Air Cargo India fair in Mumbai. FRA has thus been repeatedly recognized as the best international freight airport. We would like to thank all of our partners – for this is the result of our joint efforts and commitment.
 
Read article. . . 
 
 
FRA welcomes China Cargo Airlines 
 
In March, we welcomed China Cargo Airlines with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony. The airline, a subsidiary of China Eastern, is the latest cargo airline to start operations at FRA and will now be linking Shanghai-Pudong and Frankfurt twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. China Cargo Airlines expects to increase the frequency of its flights after obtaining additional traffic rights.
 
Read article. . . 
 
 
Smart Air Cargo Trailer research project for increased process efficiency at FRA 
 
Shipments within the CargoCities are often transported individually. This puts pressure on the transport system and processing capacity at the ramps. By participating in the Smart Air Cargo Trailer research project, Fraport AG aims to develop a solution with several different partners to optimize the use of resources. In future, short-distance shipments at CargoCity South are to be managed automatically using a cloud-based platform.
 
Read article. . . 
 
 
A scoom snack shop opens in CargoCity South 
 
On numerous occasions we have been asked to expand the range of food services available in CargoCity South, so we are especially pleased to announce the opening of a new scoom shop in Building 558. Freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, desserts and other snacks, as well as coffee specialties, smoothies and cold drinks to go will be available here from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
 
 
LH Cargo establishes new connection to Osaka 
 
Lufthansa Cargo is expanding its presence in the Japanese market. Since the start of the year, the airline has been flying to Osaka via Novosibirsk every Wednesday and Friday. These additional cargo flights supplement the daily cargo flights to and from Tokyo-Narita and Lufthansa’s passenger flights to Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Haneda and Nagoya.
 
 
Most popular article on innoFRAtor.com 
 
Our new website www.innoFRAtor.com has been online since last year. On this website, we deliver regular reports about the latest trends in the world of logistics, as well as in other industries. In every issue of our newsletter, we will be using this section to present you with the article that has received the most clicks. The featured article of this issue is: “Boeing is opening the Digital Aviation & Analytics Lab in Frankfurt”.
 
innoFRAtor. com
 
 
FRA Cargo on LinkedIn 
 
Are you familiar with our LinkedIn page? This is where we offer the latest FRA news and depict our activities here in Frankfurt and internationally. Go ahead and have a look, and discuss the latest news in the cargo industry with other airfreight experts.
 
FRA Cargo on LinkedIn
 
Cargo Figures
The 2017 cargo year: 2.2-million-ton mark exceeded for the first time in six years
 
In 2017, air cargo traffic enjoyed growth of 3.6% to reach a volume of approx. 2.23 million metric tons. Were it not for the negative impact of strikes and handling difficulties encountered by a number of freight handling agents in December, it would have been possible to achieve even higher growth of around 4%.
 
A breakdown by regions shows that we were able to register growth in most regions. European traffic enjoyed very dynamic growth. The Far East, which is the region accounting for the biggest traffic share at FRA, declined slightly by 0.5%. While South Korea, Vietnam and India in particular grew, volume on routes to and from China fell. The second-largest market, North America, enjoyed above-average growth of 5.6%. An increase in outbound cargo tonnage to the U.S. was primarily responsible for this growth, triggered, among other things, by the rise of the U.S. dollar against the euro. Furthermore, tonnage on Canada routes recorded a supply-driven double-digit increase. The Latin American region achieved growth of 10.6%, with the Mexican and Brazilian markets being the primary growth drivers. Cargo volumes on routes to and from Africa were stagnant. Kenya enjoyed significant growth, while shipments to and from Namibia, in particular, had a negative impact on the overall results. The Middle East declined by 4.2% overall, mainly due to lower tonnage on freighter routes to/from Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
 
 
Here you can find further information regarding the traffic figures of Frankfurt Airport. 
 
Upcoming Dates
IHK-Exportforum Rheinland-Pfalz und Saarland 
 
April 25, Saarbrücken
 
Air Cargo Conference Frankfurt 
 
August 30 and 31, Frankfurt, HOLM
 
Air Cargo Handling Conference 
 
September 25 to 27, Brussels
 
Frankfurt Air Cargo Innovation Lab 
 
November 8, Frankfurt, Fraport Forum
 
 
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Dr. Stefan Schulte (chairman)
Anke Giesen
Michael Müller
Dr. Matthias Zieschang
 
 
Editor: Verena Dollberg, Fraport Cargo and Logistics
Pictures: Fraport AG, Jannah Baldus
 
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