Air Cargo in Berlin
In the age of globalisation, the fast transport of people and goods to destinations all around the world is a decisive competitive factor. Air cargo has gained strongly in importance in Berlin in recent years. Air cargo volume here is growing more rapidly than the national average. Last year 89,000 tonnes of air cargo were transshipped in Berlin, representing growth of 2% in comparison with the previous year.
47,000 tonnes of air cargo were transported by aircraft and 4,600 tonnes of overnight airmail were flown. An additional 37,000 tonnes from the airlines and forwarding agents were processed as air cargo delivered by truck to the European hubs of the airlines via the air cargo facilities in Berlin.
Belly freight on long-haul flights to New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Beijing, Ulan Bator, Doha, and Abu Dhabi is the driving factor for growth of Berlin as an air cargo location. About 2/3 of the loaded cargo takes this path today.
The UPS and FedEx cargo and the belly freight for the passenger flights at Schönefeld have been handled by the BER Cargo Center since August 2013. This facility is connected directly to the apron via a separate controlled access point. Besides Lufthansa Cargo, DHL Global Forwarding, one of the largest forward agents, has joined others in relocating to the Cargo Center and utilising services there, relieving the burden on Tegel.