LUG aircargo handling GmbH has modernized and expanded its Health Care Center at Frankfurt Airport to 650 square metres.
in a first step. A further expansion to 1,200 sq m is possible. According to LUG, the facility now consists of eight rooms of different sizes, offering storage at the temperature ranges of below -18°C, 2-8°C and 15-25°C. Temperature-monitoring, recording and alarm systems help guarantee a transparent, qualified air cargo supply chain for pharmaceutical products.
“We are undertaking considerable investments in the area of temperature-sensitive cargo handling with the expansion and modernization of the HCC,” said Patrik Tschirch, CEO of LUG aircargo handling GmbH. “We are thus adapting our facilities to our new client structure. From October, we have Emirates SkyCargo in our customer portfolio, an airline with a relatively high share of life science and healthcare shipments ex Frankfurt/Main.”
LUG is also in the process of obtaining the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics certification from the International Air Transport Association. The company is carrying out intensive training of its staff to comply with the special handling requirements of the certification. The certification process is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018.
LUG aircargo handling GmbH has appointed Dominik Misskampf as senior project manager from July 1, 2017 to handle the expansion project and the IATA certification. Misskampf had previously been responsible for various supply chain optimization projects at Ground Handling Services Fraport AG, and is head of the Competence Team Pharma at Air Cargo Community Frankfurt e.V.
“During my first few weeks at LUG I have gained a very good impression of the daily operations and the capabilities of our staff,” he said. “I am delighted to be part of the LUG team and to make a contribution to the expansion of the HCC. The project is an important step to increase the performance of the company and to safeguard and strengthen its competitiveness. We do not only meet the rising demands of our clients but also underline our own claim to quality leadership with the new infrastructure and the independent certification by IATA.”