Russian company Air Catering-Vladivostok LLC is in the process of constructing a new cargo facility at Vladivostok International Airport. The modern terminal is scheduled to start operations prior to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Organization (APEC) summit in September 2012.

Air Catering-Vladivostok LLC, one of the group companies of Khabarovsk Airport, contracted Lufthansa Consulting to supervise the construction and the commissioning, as well as to support the initial operation of the material handling system. Furthermore, the aviation consultants will help their client with the activities necessary to ensure the terminal starts operations on time.

The new terminal is designed to achieve throughput of initially 30,000 tonnes per annum of mainly palletised cargo by means of a state-of-the-art material handling system. Owing to the harsh weather conditions in the region, the terminal will provide shelter to cargo during all stages of the handling process and is prepared to comply with the latest safety and security regulations.

"We are certainly happy to have Lufthansa Consulting experts at our side. They support us with their specific know-how and their invaluable experience in commissioning next generation cargo facilities around the world," stated Yaroslav Ashirov, project director of Air Catering-Vladivostok.

Vadim Vilgelmi, head of Lufthansa Consulting’s Representative Office in Russia, says: "We are particularly pleased to have been asked to support the commissioning of the new cargo terminal in Vladivostok since it will apply most advanced air freight terminal technologies and is thus going to set a new benchmark for cargo handling efficiency in the region."