With the ability to handle all types of aircraft, Flughafen Wien AG employees proved their adaptability during the Corona crisis. One example is the handling of ‘preighters’ – passenger aircrafts used solely for air cargo. Flexibility is also provided to airline customers by 24-hour operations of all facilities, such as customs, border control, and health authorities. With its Pharma Handling Center built in 2018, Vienna Airport is ideally equipped for time and temperature-critical transports of medical goods.
Despite the crisis, the airport’s logistics and handling facilities were able to maintain their function as a hub to Eastern Europe for goods from the electronics and automotive industries. There was growth in important aid goods such as masks, coronavirus tests and protective suits as well as in production goods, urgently needed pharmaceutical products and in the e-commerce sector.
“In the current very dynamic market environment with rapidly increasing freight volumes in Europe, Vienna International Airport is well-positioned with its existing capacities. Although there is a decline in belly cargo due to the lack of passenger aircraft, we have been recording increases of up to 30 percent for months, especially in unloads/import cargo,” explains Michael Zach, Vice President Sales & Finance, Ground Handling & Cargo Operations at Vienna Airport.