DHL Express opens new international hub in Madrid

posted on 27th February 2019 by Justin Burns
DHL Express opens new international hub in Madrid

DHL Express has strengthened global network with new 93 million international hub in Madrid – which it said reinforces the Spanish city as an important nexus between Spain, Europe and Latin America.

The hub at Madrid’s Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport said it features high-quality infrastructure and the newest technologies, and quadruples its capacity in Madrid.

The 14,500 square metre building, which includes offices, will facilitate the sorting of 24,500 pieces of mail per hour, including packages and envelopes and will result in the creation of 200 additional jobs.

DHL Express chief executive officer, John Pearson said: “With this latest investment in our infrastructure, we are further expanding the capabilities of our European and global network, enabling continued growth supported by a platform of quality.

“Customers from our traditional sectors as well as e-commerce customers in both private b2c as well as businesses who are driving their own b2b growth agendas through e-commerce will benefit from the investment. With this new hub in Madrid, we are connecting sellers and consumers around the world with even greater speed and efficiency.”

The new 32,000 square metre hub has a total of 176 loading docks enabling 160 road movements each day, as well as 10 daily flights operated by DHL’s own aircraft, and 30 daily commercial flights servicing 20 international destinations, mostly in Latin America.

DHL Express Spain and Portugal managing director, Miguel Borrás said: “We are investing in infrastructures to increase efficiency and to improve our delivery capability. This will allow us to provide an even better service to our customers.

“This new hub is a critical nexus between Europe and the LatAm countries. Thanks to this, we could connect businesses from all industries and private consumers alike, and enable them to leverage from the increasingly growing e-commerce worldwide.”

In accordance with DHL’s GoGreen Program the new hub will help to reduce the company’s carbon footprint thanks to the use of new and more efficient sorting technology, improved building insulation, and more efficient energy systems to manage the consumption of electricity, water and cooling systems

DHL Express said the investment is part of its long-term commitment to growth and in response to the dynamic needs of a growing global market. DHL Express has also been expanding its air fleet and announced in 2018 the purchase 14 new Boeing 777 Freighters and five Airbus A330s for a total owned fleet of over 260 aircraft.