The new cargo terminal at EuroAirport welcomed its first freighter on 26 January.
A LAN Cargo flight to Latin America was the first freighter to arrive on the apron. On arrival, the Boeing 777 Freighter was welcomed with a traditional water showering by the airport fire service.
In its first week of operations, the terminal welcomed five further freighters. They are, a Qatar Airways Cargo service which flew to Doha on Wednesday and Saturday, AirBridgeCargo Airlines which went to Moscow on the Friday, and Emirates SkyCargo and Korean Air, both of whom operated on the Sunday, destined for Dubai and Seoul, respectively.
The terminal was financed by the airport, which serves Basel (Switzerland), Mulhouse (France) and Freiburg (Germany). Tenants include Swissport, Cargologic and DHL Logistics on the Swiss side, and WFS/ SFS and ACL on the French side. The terminal took two years to build, and boasts 21,000 temperature controlled square metres.
The building’s temperatures of between 15 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius comply with the cold chain requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. The new cargo terminal is part of EuroAirport’s plans to increase its share of the region’s airfreight volume from around 20 per cent today to 50 per cent by 2020.