Lufthansa Cargo and handling partner Avflight are upgrading cargo operations at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
The German carrier has moved into a temporary warehouse on the apron pending construction of a new warehouse in the near future.
It says that the new location make for more streamlined operations and shorter distances for loading and unloading aircraft.
With currently more than 500 tons of cargo handled per year on seven weekly passenger flights and multiple truck connections to Chicago, Detroit is an important location for Lufthansa Cargo in the automotive region of Michigan with potential for expansion.
Lufthansa Cargo is now operating out of a former aircraft hangar converted into a temporary cargo warehouse. The more direct location allows for shorter handling times and offers opportunities to meet the requirements of special cargo shipments, such as animals, valuable cargo and dangerous goods shipments.
In the second phase of the project, Lufthansa Cargo will support Avflight in designing a new cargo facility next to the existing structure, which the handling partner is under contract with the airport to construct. The goal is for this to be operational by the end of 2024.
Henry Julicher, Lufthansa Cargo head of sales and handling Michigan and head of sales Midwest said: “In Detroit, there is a great demand for secure and professional transport solutions, for example, urgently needed components in the automotive sector. There is a lot of weekly freight traffic here between Michigan and the world, including destinations in Germany, Europe, South Africa and Thailand.
“Our dedicated ground handling agent, Avflight, is providing us with significant support in these endeavors.”
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