DHL Express Germany is planning to build a new cargo facility, covering more than 8,000 square metres, at Munich Airport.
Construction of the EUR70 million (US$78.53 million) new facility is scheduled to commence in 2022.
DHL Express said the new facility is being planned and constructed after it saw an increase in import and export volumes at the Munich hub. At present, DHL Express rents hall space at the cargo centre at Munich Airport. With the new agreement, which was signed digitally because of Covid-19 restrictions, DHL Express said it will lease the land from Munich Airport in order to plan, build and operate the new building.
The new gateway "will obtain the globally recognised TAPA Class A certification" and will have direct airside access and two "PUD" (pick-up and delivery) fingers, enabling up to 65 delivery vehicles to be dispatched there, the company said.
Markus Reckling, managing director of DHL Express Germany, commented: "The existing building could not keep up with this growth. After modernising and expanding our service centre in Unterschleibheim for EUR13 million last year already, the construction of our new gateway at the airport is the next step in the infrastructure plan with which we are clearly committing to our presence in the Munich region.
"Even in the currently difficult economic situation, we are continuing to invest systematically in service for our customers, which is our top priority."
Munich Airport chief executive Jost Lammers welcomed DHL Express's decision to focus systematically on growth at Munich Airport. He said: "Particularly in these difficult times for the aviation industry, this sends an important signal and is a strong proof of confidence in Munich as a business location. The increased commitment of DHL Express will sharpen our profile as a logistics location and create significant stimulation for air freight traffic."