DHL Express Breaks Ground for Munich Gateway Facility
DHL Express Germany marked the official start of construction for its new Munich Airport facility with a groundbreaking ceremony. The building, which is being built on parking lots P 80 and P 80 West, will boast a gross floor area of over 11,000 square meters.
This will make the facility almost seven times larger than the warehouse DHL Express currently rents at Munich Airport's cargo center. DHL Express will build and operate the new site on land leased from the airport operator Flughafen München GmbH (FMG).
The new facility comes in response to growing DHL Express shipment volumes at the Munich gateway.
Talking about the business’s $106 million investment, Markus Reckling, Managing Director DHL Express Germany, explains: "Our old processing area can’t keep pace with the growth in import and export volumes given current digitalization and globalization trends.
"The new gateway facility at Munich Airport not only represents the next important step in our infrastructure plan but also enables us to prioritize our customers by offering them an improved service."
Once operational, the airside access allows aircraft parked on the apron to be reached directly from the new building.
In designing the building, DHL Express has placed considerable emphasis on energy-saving materials and technologies such as state-of-the-art LED lighting technology, which will be installed throughout the complex.
The facility will be equipped with a photovoltaic system that generates 100 kWpeak to power the building’s services, servers and computers.
Plans also exist for 32 e-vehicle charging stations at the PUD fingers, two charging points for apron vehicles, and charging points at the employee parking lots.