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DHL to build own cargo port at Munich Airport

written by Hannah Dowling | June 25, 2020

Wetleased 757-200F G‑BMRJ. (DHL)

DHL Express Germany and Munich Airport have come to an agreement over the €70 million construction of a new cargo building at the aerodrome.

The new cargo building will be planned, built and operated by DHL Express, which currently rents hall space within the existing cargo centre at Munich Airport.

The building will occupy land currently utilised by car parks P80 and P80 West, and will have a gross floor area of over 8,000 square metres, roughly six times bigger than the current space held by DHL Express at Munich. 

DHL Express will reportedly lease the land for the new building from Munich Airport, with full operations within the new building due to begin in 2022.

The new ‘gateway’ will have direct airside access and two ‘PUD’ (pick-up and delivery) fingers, with the capacity for up to 65 delivery vehicles to be dispatched at one time. 

Further, according to DHL Express, the new station will meet the security requirements of the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) and obtain the globally recognised TAPA Class A certification, the highest security level in air transportation.

In recent years, DHL Express has reported a substantial increase in import and export volumes at its Munich gateway, citing this as the reason for the investment in the new cargo building. 


“The existing building could not keep up with this growth,” said Markus Reckling, managing director of DHL Express Germany, explaining the need for this €70 million investment project. 

“After modernising and expanding our service centre in Unterschleißheim for €13 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 the express service provider’s decision to focus systematically on growth at Munich Airport.

“Particularly in these very difficult times for the aviation industry, this sends an important signal and is a strong proof of confidence in Munich as a business location,” he said. 

“The increased commitment of DHL Express will sharpen our profile as a logistics location and create significant  stimulation for air freight traffic.”

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