Working together for success: The Air Cargo Community Frankfurt is growing dynamically

Cooperation based on trust among community members across corporate boundaries – FCS Frankfurt Cargo Services, South America’s airline network LATAM Airlines and frankfurt road cargo reinforce the highly innovative organization

The Air Cargo Community Frankfurt is setting the tone and driving innovation in new and diverse fields all around the Air Cargo Frankfurt location. The special thing about this: The companies represented are cooperating closely and confidently within the community and across corporate boundaries. Currently, among other things, they are developing the world’s first benchmarking that places the performance of the Frankfurt cargo location in comparison to other airports. In addition to that they are pushing for the cooperative and comprehensive CEIV-Pharmaceutical-Certification in FRA. These as well as numerous other activities are leading more and more companies to incorporate themselves as active members in the community.

“The nature of cooperation in the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt is something quite special compared internationally. Corporate boundaries are of little consequence to joint success. Instead, we combine the expertise and strengths of each player within the airfreight chain and are bringing those to new products and processes”, says Joachim von Winning, Executive Director of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt. “This is shown by the high demand for membership in our organization. We just accepted three more companies into the Community and have now broadened our base to 38 members.”

This way they won the largest Latin American group of airlines, the LATAM Group, made up of airlines from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Columbia, Paraguay, Peru and Brazil. LATAM, by world standards, is also considered one of the largest groups in the aviation sector and has highly attractive freight capacity with 328 aircraft and a network of 144 destinations in 26 countries.

At the same time the FCS Frankfurt Cargo Services GmbH is strengthening the work of the Community. The freight handling company is the newly established joint venture, from last year, between Fraport AG and the globally active airfreight company WFS, which brings common regional and global cargo activities into the Community. FCS Frankfurt Cargo Services has been engaged for more than 40 years as the largest independent provider at the central hub of Frankfurt in all areas of the logistics chain and is cooperating with more than 400 freight forwarders and carriers as well as around 40 airlines. Joachim von Winning: “We are very pleased to welcome this important joint venture of the air cargo industry, as a new member.”

The frankfurt road cargo gmbh, also a new member of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt, started in the transport market in 2013 and is now serving the sectors air, land and sea with ten Euro 6 class vehicles. This also includes special transports, refrigerated and frozen cargo as well as propulsion consignments or even the transport of sensitive goods that are subject to the technical specifications in the “secure supply chain” of IATA.


Air Cargo Community Frankfurt e.V.

The Air Cargo Community Frankfurt e.V. is an association of companies, institutions and organizations with the clear objective of promoting the airfreight location of Frankfurt. Its total of 38 members includes representatives of all areas of the air cargo supply chain. The association has three working groups “Temperature-controlled Transport”, “Processes & Infrastructure" and "Location Marketing & Community Building", as well as various specialist groups which represent the entire range of services offered at the airfreight location of Frankfurt. The prime objective is that the Frankfurt Airport will, also in future, continue to clearly be Europe’s No. 1 in the air freight business and, as the leading cargo hub, significantly enhance its competitiveness compared with other airports in neighbouring countries. The location of Frankfurt, today with more than 2.1 million tons of air freight (2015) and 11,600 employees in the cargo area, should also continue to grow significantly in the coming years and, in doing so, capture an even larger share of global freight volumes for itself.


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