New service for the pharmaceuticals industry: Air Cargo Community Frankfurt shows logistics managers the cargo processes at Frankfurt Airport

Free, half-day “visit FRA pharma” guided tours of the various areas in the Cargo Cities and on the apron of Frankfurt Airport – Presentation of important specialty products for the handling of sensitive pharmaceutical shipments

The Air Cargo Community Frankfurt has a new service for logistics managers of pharmaceuticals companies: starting now, they can join informative tours behind the scenes at Frankfurt Airport and inform themselves about the complex subject of the air transport of pharmaceutical shipments. The guided tours under the name “visit FRA pharma” are free of charge, each of them lasts half a day and presents various areas in the Cargo Cities and on the apron of the airport. Thus, following a brief introduction, the participants experience, among other things, the LH Cargo Cool Competence Center, the Perishable Center Frankfurt, the processes of the freight handlers, several special products developed for the transport of pharmaceuticals and, if possible, the interior of a freight-only aircraft. As a result, they will find out on the spot, what is already possible today, how individual processes and process steps are designed and how the interplay of all concerned works. Interested persons from the pharma industry can directly contact the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt to find out more about the content and deadlines of the “visit FRA pharma” guided tours: tel. +49 (0) 69 690 23511, .

“In international air transport, the transport chains involved can be very complex, particularly as at the airports numerous players like public authorities and ground handling service providers are involved”, explains Joachim von Winning, Executive Director of Air Cargo Community Frankfurt. “With the guided tours of the airport, we introduce the shipping companies from the pharmaceutical industry to these issues in various facets in detail and, at the same time, present highly efficient solutions in this area that exist at Frankfurt Airport. Because these make it possible that even highly sensitive consignments can be transported quickly, reliably and maintaining the necessary cold chain”.


Europe's No. 1 airport for pharmaceuticals transport

In airfreight, Frankfurt Airport is the largest pharmaceutical hub in Europe. Each year, pharmaceutical and medical shipments with a volume of over 100,000 tons are delivered, transhipped, stored and transported there. For transit, import and export there are also more than 7,000 square meters of temperature-controlled and GDP-certified transhipment space. Also unique in Europe.


Palette set-up in temperature-controlled environment and high-performance “5-minute product”

In addition, pharmaceutical shippers in Frankfurt are offered a whole series of specialized products, with the help of which, the transport of particularly sensitive and high-value goods is also reliably ensured and which are only available at very few airports worldwide. Thus, if required, the pallets which are required for transport in the aircraft are set-up in a temperature-controlled environment between 2° and 8° Celsius. Something special is also the “5 Minutes Product”. This ensures – thanks to special thermal transporters and based on a sophisticated infrastructure – that the stay of the goods to be shipped in a non-temperature-controlled environment amounts to less than five minutes.


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 35 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 2.2 million tons of air freight (2014) 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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