Capital Airport BBI: Start of construction for the AirCargo Center Berlin

05.05.11 12:29
Dietz AG is building the AirCargo Center for belly freight at BBI / Building site in Service Area North is handed over / Initial capacity when BBI opens will be 100,000 tons of cargo per year
Another BBI milestone arrives: the construction of the AirCargo Center Berlin, where belly freight will be handled at BBI, has started. The cargo hall is being built on a 3.3-hectare plot by a subsidiary of the investor Dietz AG, Bensheim. The centre will have 12,000 square metres of hall space and 7,000 square metres of offices. The cargo centre is scheduled for completion in April 2012, just in time for the opening of BBI.

“We are very pleased to be making a contribution to the success of the new Capital Airport Berlin by building and operating the main cargo centre, which is a key element in aviation services. We are fully convinced that BBI will be a complete success story, offering a wealth of potential for Berlin, Brandenburg and, last but not least, local businesses”, said Dr. Wolfgang Dietz, Chairman of Dietz AG.

“Things are progressing at an incredible pace. The Airport City is growing day by day, and now the BBI cargo centre is about to become reality. We are delighted to have found in Dietz AG a strong and respected partner to build this key piece of infrastructure. The AirCargo Center Berlin not only boosts the appeal of BBI as an attractive investment project, it also indicates quite clearly the increasing importance of the new airport for air cargo. The great interest in space at the new centre and the fact that rental contracts have already been signed for most of the units is further proof of the importance of this new centre. The improved infrastructure provides a growth surge for Berlin and Brandenburg as a business location”, said Dr. Manfred A. Körtgen, Managing Director Operations/BBI at Berlin Airports.

The building plot for the new cargo centre is situated in a central location on the grounds of the airport in the Service Area North which is to the east of the Airport City development. Road access to the new centre will be from the east via the main airport access road; to the north the cargo centre will border on the airside security zone. The adjacent access control point gives the centre direct access to the airside security zone and immediate access to the apron via the taxiways.

The dimensions of the cargo centre are 170 metres in length and 70 metres in width. The clearance height in the ramp area is 4.55 metres and 7.30 metres in the hall. Above the ramp area there will be a three-storey office block.

All belly freight at AirCargo Center Berlin will be handled by the air freight handling companies WISAG Cargo Service Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH & Co. KG and SCS Swissport Cargo Services Deutschland GmbH. Dietz has signed long-term rental contracts with both companies. In addition to the areas for freight handling, the centre will also provide space for public authorities such as customs and excise, the border veterinary service and plant health control, plus the necessary offices and recreation rooms. Practically all units at the AirCargo Center Berlin have already been rented, a full year before the centre actually opens.

The construction of the AirCargo Center at BBI gives the new airport modern, fast and secure handling processes for belly freight and offers highly competitive conditions. The initial capacity when the BBI opens will be 100,000 tons of cargo per year. This is equivalent to an area capacity of around ten tons for square metre.

The centre can be expanded to keep pace with demands.

Cargo at BBI

In 2010 the existing air cargo facilities at Tegel and Schoenefeld airports handled around 65,000 tons of freight.

Berlin Airports more than doubled the volume of belly freight on long-haul passenger services in 2010; at present around two thirds of total belly freight is flown on long-distance passenger services. The service that flies the most freight is the Hainan Airlines non-stop flight from Berlin to Beijing, followed by the Berlin-New York services offered by Delta Airlines and Continental Airlines. The clear leader in terms of growth is airberlin. Freight on the new long-distance services from Berlin to Dubai, Miami, Mombasa and New York has increased by 200 per cent. Other important long distance routes are Qatar Airways’ Berlin-Doha service and the only non-stop service in Europe to Mongolia with MIAT Mongolian Airlines from Berlin.

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