Swissport Cargo USA opened a new state-of-the-art warehouse at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport on 20 July.
The subsidiary of Swissport International says the 138,000-square foot warehouse is designed with a focus on customer needs as well as on safety and efficiency and includes the first automated material handling system in the region.
A grand opening event of the new facility was held at the North Cargo Area at Chicago O’Haret and was attended by airlines, forwarders, airport and city officials and management and staff at the facility.
The cargo handler says the automated material handling system makes it first of its kind in the region and can accommodate over 120 10 foot unit ULDs at a time using pallet platforms and electric ULD movers.
All ULDs can be handled to the highest industry standards without touching the floor. The warehouse operates with two cold storages: 2-8 degrees Celsius and 18-25 degrees Celsius. Both have been designed to meet the IATA CEIV Pharma requirements.
The facility also has 35 truck docks able to handle the peak seasons and features adjacent aircraft parking with in-ground fuelling and power units to reduce overall handling time of the aircraft on the ground.
In addition, the material handling system is integrated with the back ramp where ULD’s are directly stored into the system or delivered to the customer. These specifications allow Swissport to handle fully-built units from the aircraft to the truck in a considerably short time.
Swissport USA chief executive officer, Dany Nasr says: “This new investment highlights our commitment towards our customers’ needs. We raised the bar to become the new operation standard of Swissport Cargo in the US.
“This is the first of many steps as we are committed to further invest in our people, facilities and equipment.”