WFS to build new state-of-the-art pharma facility at Copenhagen Airport
27 February 2019
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is to invest in a new, state-of-the-art pharma facility at Copenhagen Airport. The facility will provide end-to-end handling in a temperature-controlled environment for pharma products incorporating acceptance, offload, pre-storage, buildup and storage.
WFS, the world’s largest air cargo handler, announced it will begin construction of the new facility in April. The new building will cover an area of 1,500 sq mts and provide end-to-end handling in a temperature-controlled environment for 2-8°C pharma products incorporating acceptance, offload, pre-storage, buildup and storage.
News of the new pharma facility in Copenhagen was announced by WFS’s General Manager Scandinavia, Jimi Daniel Hansen, at the launch meeting of the CPH Cargo Community.
“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”
- Jimi Daniel Hansen, General Manager Scandinavia, WFS
Pharma shipments volume up by 90%
Since opening the first stage of its pharma infrastructure in Copenhagen at the end of 2017 – a temperature-controlled ULD storage area with the capacity to handle 16 units – WFS has seen its volume of pharma shipments grow by 90%.
“Greater Copenhagen is Northern Europe’s hub for pharma logistics, attracting leading cool chain logistics providers such as World Courier, Bring Frigo, UPS, TNT, FedEx and Kuhne & Nagel. The new pharma facility by WFS will establish Copenhagen Airport’s position to handle growing pharma volumes even further, so this is great news for the industry”
- Paul Dhami, Head of Supply Chain, Logistics & E-commerce, Copenhagen Capacity
Ready for pre-assessment in July
The new facility will accept loose shipments and pre-built units, offering a storage area large enough for 300 EUR pallets and 30 PMC pallets. WFS expects the construction process to be completed in time for the new building to undergo IATA CEIV Pharma pre-assessment in July.
WFS is also upgrading the existing temperature control areas in its current facility in Copenhagen to handle growing volumes of pharma products requiring a 15-25°C temperature range. This will be the company’s second investment in pharma facilities at the airport in under two years.
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