Germany's Hamburg Airport has broken ground on a new Air Cargo Center, which will feature modern freight handling processes.
The Hamburg Airport Cargo Center (HACC) will be located on Weg Beim Jaeger Street, and is scheduled to open for business in summer 2015.
It will replace the existing air cargo centre, while retaining a total space of 60,000m².
Hamburg Airport CEO Michael Eggenschwiler said: "We, the airport, are investing around €45m from our own funds in the modern air freight facilities on Weg Beim Jaeger. The money is a good investment for the site and the region.
"The new HACC will further strengthen the already successful aviation sector in Hamburg, bringing security for the future."
The design of the HACC was planned in close cooperation with the freight forwarding companies already based at the airport.
It will feature cargo handling halls and offices, will have an annual capacity of up to 150,000t of air freight.
A total of 6,000m² has been assigned to offices buildings, while 20,000m² has been assigned to logistics operations for freight forwarding agents and freight handling companies.
The HACC will have up to 40 loading ramps for articulated trucks and around 36 parking positions for tractor-trailer combinations.
The space layout in the freight halls has been planned to ensure an efficient process chain, allowing freight to be transhipped as quickly as possible, which in turn helps in the transportation of time-sensitive goods.
Cargo aircraft such as the wide-bodied Antonov 124 can taxi to a loading and unloading point directly in front of the Cargo Center.
An underpass is being constructed on Weg Beim Jaeger, allowing direct access between the HACC and the airport apron.
The airport noted that sufficient space has been allotted for air cargo screening process, which will use updated screening technology to ensure that the legally mandated security checks run smoothly.
The HACC will be designed to be resource efficient and will feature geothermal probe pumps which cover one-third of the heating and cooling requirements; a highly efficient heat recovery system; and low-energy lighting.