Inauguration of the new EuroAirport Cargo Terminal: 21,000 m2 of temperature-controlled space, with an investment of 40 million euros

On Tuesday, 25 November 2014, at an official ceremony in the presence of Pascal Lelarge, Prefect of the Upper Rhine, Pascale Schmidiger, Vice-President of the Regional Council, Charles Buttner, President of the General Council of the Upper Rhine and Gaston Latscha, Mayor of Hésingue, the President of the Board of Directors of EuroAirport Jean-Pierre Lavielle and Vice-President Andreas Büttiker, along with Jürg Rämi, Director of EuroAirport, Vincent Devauchelle, Deputy Director and Gian Carlo Alessi, Head of the Cargo Department, officially inaugurated the new EuroAirport Cargo Terminal located in the southwest of the airport site. 

The inauguration ceremony marks the completion of two years' construction work that began in January 2013. The work was performed by around forty regional companies and involved 300 jobs. The new Cargo Terminal will go into operation in January 2015.

The new Cargo Terminal represents an investment of 40 million euros – financed entirely by EuroAirport – and has a total surface area of 21,000 m2. It offers cutting-edge technology and controlled-temperature infrastructures between 15°C and 25°C that comply fully with the cold chain requirements of the pharmaceutical industry and regional logistics companies. It also provides efficient delivery and forwarding procedures.

The logistics sector is one of the key economic drivers around EuroAirport. It provides a competitive advantage and accounts for thousands of jobs.

With a total of 900 jobs at the end of 2013, the general cargo and express freight companies form the second largest job sector at EuroAirport.

Today, 85% of the new Cargo Terminal premises are occupied by seven major tenants: Swissport, Cargologic, DHL Logistics, Planzer and Air Cargo Service (ACS) on the Swiss side, with WFS/SFS and ACL on the French side.

With the new Cargo Terminal, EuroAirport is pursuing its objective to increase its share of the region's air freight volume from around 20% today to 50% by 2020. In this context, it plans to raise the number of cargo flights from four per week at present to 10 –12 per week by 2020.

As of September 2014 and following the announcement of the opening of the new Cargo Terminal, three new daily general cargo flights operated by ABC, Emirates SkyCargo and LAN CARGO have been added to the weekly flight already run by Korean Air.

This development confirms the interest in the new infrastructures that guarantee an uninterrupted cold chain. It also underlines the attractiveness of EuroAirport, with its direct access to three countries – France, Switzerland and Germany – and proximity to Basel, site of some of the world's major pharmaceutical enterprises.

At the end of 2013, freight activity remained at 2012 levels, reporting a volume of 94,000 tons, of which 40% was flown freight (general cargo and express freight). EuroAirport expects its freight activity to increase by 5% at the end of 2014.