WFS to build new pharma facility in Copenhagen

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Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) will invest in a state-of-the-art pharma facility at Copenhagen Airport, covering an area of 1,500 square metres.

Construction will begin in April, and the new building will provide end-to-end handling in a temperature-controlled environment for 2-8C pharma products incorporating acceptance, offload, pre-storage, build-up and storage.

Accessible through four dedicated cargo doors, the facility will accept loose shipments and pre-built units, offering a storage area large enough for 300 Euro pallets and 30 PMC pallets.

WFS expects the construction process to be completed in time for the new building to undergo IATA CEIV Pharma pre-assessment in July.

The cargo handling agent is also upgrading the existing temperature control areas in its facility in Copenhagen to handle growing volumes of pharma products requiring 15-25C, making this the second investment in pharma facilities in under two years.

Since opening the first stage of its pharma infrastructure in Copenhagen at the end of 2017, a temperature-controlled ULD storage area with the capacity to handle 16 units, WFS has seen its volumes of pharma shipments grow by 90%.

John Batten, EVP cargo for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia at WFS says: “This new investment in Copenhagen reflects our continued commitment to support airport cargo communities with growing pharma volumes.”

Jimi Daniel Hansen, general manager Scandinavia at WFS adds: “There is already a fast-growing demand for high quality handling of pharma shipments at Copenhagen Airport. Our commitment to significantly increase our facilities will provide the capacity for future growth and establish Copenhagen as a world class airport for pharma cargoes.”