Express hub for Air France-KLM Martinair

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Air France-KLM Martinair (AF-KL-MP) has published photos of its 22 million euro ($24.6 million) SoDExI express hub facility.

The new hub provides 41 container stands, 10 bulk stands, 19 standby stands and a 300 metre parcel sorter.

The opening of the SoDExI express handling facility at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport represents, “the future pattern for the company’s share of the fast growing e-Commerce market”, AF-KL-MP says.

Cross-border e-commerce is expected to grow by 192 per cent by 2018 at an anticipate value of $307 billion.

SoDExI is the express handling arm AF-KL-MP cargo, funded in equal parts by SoDExI, express parcel delivery firm GeoPost and a bank loan.

AF-KL-MP head of cargo, Bram Graeber, stressed the importance of information technology for control of the new facility. “Because we can track shipments right through the system, we will reduce costs and increase efficiency. Should we need to increase capacity in the future, we could add more sections to the existing structure. We will target those high yield sectors such as express and pharma.”