While passenger operations at Cologne Bonn Airport have ground to an almost complete halt as a result of the coronavirus crisis, things are buzzing in another area of the airport: freight operations are running at full capacity. This week, around 700 cargo aircraft took off and landed, an increase of 13 percent compared to the same time last year. During this worldwide pandemic, it is especially important that both people and companies in the region are supplied with the goods they need – and, as an important location for logistics, the Airport is playing a key role as a supplier.
“As a key component in the logistics chain, we currently bear a huge responsibility – as a hub for important supplies, our freight business is currently operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at full capacity”, says Johan Vanneste, CEO of Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH.
“It is becoming clear how important it is that we, as one of the biggest freight airports in Europe, remain fully operational in these times of crisis. Our authorisation to operate night flights is also particularly relevant in this context”, Vanneste explains.