Düsseldorf Airport has been awarded International Air Transport Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification.
The airport’s cargo division, Düsseldorf Airport Cargo started operating DUS Pharma Center in August 2015. It occupies 800 square metres and three separate corridors, with 23 coldrooms in total, which can keep pharmaceuticals at temperatures between two and 25 degree Celsius.
Düsseldorf Airport Cargo chief executive officer, Gerton Hulsman says: “IATA’s standards, which are set for high-quality transport of pharmaceutical products will become the global model in the long run. That’s why there was no question that we would put those guidelines directly into practice.”
Hulsman says Düsseldorf is the first airport in Germany to gain CEIV-certification. The airport handles around 100,000 tonnes of cargo a year, with pharmaceutical traffic playing a major role, due to a number of companies being based in the North-Rhine Westphalia region including Bayer, Grunenthal and chemical supplier, Lanxess.