DHL doubles freight capacity in Leipzig

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Freight courier DHL is doubling the capacity of its cargo hub at Leipzig airport.

The wholly owned Deutsche Post subsidiary is expanding its existing facility as part of a five-year, €150 million ($207 million) investment programme at the German airport. Construction of the 40.000m² (430,000ft²) extension – comprising a freight-sorting hall, truck-parking slots and office space – is to begin this month. Operations are due to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Some 400 jobs will be created in addition to the current 3,500-strong workforce, as capacity is to be increased by "more than 50% to 150,000 express shipments an hour", says DHL.

While the expansion is to create "optimal operational conditions for future growth", Markus Otto, chief executive of DHL’s aircraft operator European Air Transport Leipzig, says there are "currently" no plans to increase the number of flights. Instead, the additional space will be used to raise efficiency with the existing number of flights, the freight specialist says.

DHL operates 18 Airbus A300-600 freighters from Leipzig.