DHL has purchased 60,000 square metres of land at Vienna Airport to act as a freighter hub for Eastern Europe and open up the region to all modes of transport.
The contract was signed by DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Freight, and starting in the summer of 2018, the DHL Campus Vienna Airport will be developed in the Fischamend district.
The company says that by establishing a joint site, synergies between land, air and ocean transport will be exploited more effectively.
DHL Freight chief executive officer (CEO), Uwe Binks says: “The site is in proximity to Vienna airport and as such strategically well-located, providing us with low-threshold access to Eastern European markets and Germany. Through this project, we will establish an important new logistics hub together, creating a gateway into and out of the east and enabling us to further grow our volumes.”
Both divisions will each build a warehouse including office buildings on the new site, connecting them to the airport and linking them to its infrastructure, with the three present DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Freight locations being merged on the new campus.
The new site, which will border the A4 motorway that connects the airport with Vienna city centre, will have a higher number of docks and will also have cross-docks for the first time.
DHL Global Forwarding managing director for Austria, Christoph Wahl says: “Located directly at Vienna airport, Fischamend perfectly meets our requirements for the DHL Campus, through which we intend to bundle our expertise, improve our service, and consequently further strengthen our market position in Austria.”
DHL Global Forwarding CEO for Eastern Europe, Hermann Filz adds: “Good connections to Eastern Europe are particularly crucial for us. Thanks to our shared base with DHL Freight and the proximity to the airport, we will be able to serve this market even more effectively.”
The warehouses and office buildings will not only meet the highest security standards but also comply with environmental protection requirements, and the sustainable design and use of renewable energies will contribute to DHL’s goal of reducing logistics related emissions to zero by 2050.