FedEx Express’ new international gateway to Southern Europe at Milan-Malpensa Airport is now fully operational, with advanced technology to improve efficiency to meet volume growth.
The 35,000 square metre facility features advanced technology to boost package sorting capacity by 25 per cent, which FedEx says will enable it to better meet volume growth.
FedEx has opened 24 stations across Italy since 2011 and introduced a direct cargo flight from Italy to the FedEx Express World Hub in Memphis, Tennessee.
FedEx Express president and chief executive officer (CEO), David Cunningham says: “With 95 per cent of the world’s consumers living outside U.S. borders, FedEx has prioritised its expansion in areas that drive profitable growth and in turn, break down barriers and enable our customers to reach new markets.”
FedEx Express Europe and CEO of TNT, David Binks says the number of people in Italy making online purchases has doubled over the last five years and 2016 is expected to be 17 per cent above 2015.
Binks says: “Expanding our operations in Malpensa is a key part of our network growth strategy, creating more capacity and enabling more business connections in Europe and around the world. This new Southern Europe gateway represents the next step in building Europe’s premier logistics network.”
Milan-Malpensa has been FedEx’s Italian gateway since 1992 and is located in the Lombardy region.
More than 60 per cent of Italian export products are manufactured within 250 kilometres of Malpensa, home to 40 per cent of Italian businesses generating almost half of Italy’s GDP.