Swissport expands cargo business at Vienna Airport

The airport services firm has signed a seven-year lease for a new cargo facility which is set to increase warehouse capacity by 50%

Two air cargo facilities are to be built near Vienna Airport as ground services and handling firm, Swissport signs a seven-year lease to begin construction.

The development is part of the company’s expansion plan to build is cargo business at the site.

The new 8,000 square metre infrastructures are part of Deutsche Logistik Holding’s ‘SkyLog park Vienna’ within the region which will allow Swissport to increase its cargo activities at the airport.

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Offering sufficient warehouse and office space, the new building will be in the centre of the industrial zone. It also increases the warehousing capacity by almost 50% - allowing the cargo company to grow its share in forwarder handling.

This is the second biggest investment in Vienna, following the creation of a warehouse with direct tarmac access located at the airport in 2019.

“Despite persisting challenges to global aviation, air cargo volumes have rebounded and again reached 2019 levels. Our business in Vienna has also been developing favourably. We are proud of our committed team there and pleased to announce our new warehouse. It will support our expansion into forwarder handling and greatly benefit our customers and staff,” said Henning Dieter, head of Swissport Cargo Services in Germany and Austria.

Construction is set for completion by the end of the fourth quarter later this year, which will allow operations to be transferred over from the 4,600 square foot Nord Object 10.

Swissport in Vienna will then be responsible for operating two modernised facilities.

Alongside the benefits of having a larger land area and increased operational advantages, the new facility is also expected to enhance its environmental impact. The base will have nearly all electric ground handling equipment and will produce energy using solar panels.

Most recently, Swissport implemented a 17,000 square meter cargo facility and pharma centre at Frankfurt Airport in November of last year. The company has also opened a new office building in Brussels, which is currently undergoing refurbishment.