DHL Express invests in hub at Copenhagen Airport

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DHL Express will make its largest ever investment in Denmark by spending one billion krone on a new hub at Copenhagen Airport.

The facility will feature state-of-the-art automated systems, and be able to handle 37,000 packages per hour, 24 hours a day in a 26,172m2 building, which will be ready in 2023.

Packages to and from Denmark usually travel via hubs in Leipzig, Germany or East Midlands in the UK, but once the Copenhagen hub is open, aircraft will reach their destinations more directly and without additional stops along the way.

John Pearson, global CEO of DHL Express says: “Our international hubs are the backbone of our global network which connects businesses from all industries and private customers alike, and enables them to benefit from the ongoing e-commerce growth.”

Atli Einarsson, managing director of DHL Express Denmark says the company is experiencing enormous cross-border online trade, and is also preparing for growth in the pharmaceutical and fashion industries.

He says: “This massive upgrade of our facility will turn it into one of the most modern of our 19 regional hubs worldwide. This demonstrates the importance of our country’s future role in the network. The new regional hub will benefit businesses and consumers in Denmark and throughout the Nordic region.”

Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airport Group says airfreight is vital to maintain and develop the airport as a key Northern European hub.

He says: “We consider expansion a key target in our strategy, and we are very grateful that DHL has chosen Copenhagen for their new hub. We can see growing demand for high-quality air freight facilities to handle the increasing volume of freight to and from places like China. It also meets the needs of consumers, who do more and more of their shopping online. This really is great news for Denmark and the region!”