Donnerstag, 19. Oktober 2017


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Leipzig/Halle Airport: Antonov AN 225 transports gas cooler weighing 141 tonnes to Canada

Leipzig, (lifePR) - A gas cooler weighing 141 tonnes was loaded on board an aircraft at Leipzig/Halle Airport today. The machine made its way to the airport from Berlin by inland waterway and low loader and two cranes moved the unit on board an Antonov AN 225, the largest aircraft in the world, using a specially constructed ramp. This was the heaviest item of freight ever handled at Leipzig/Halle Airport.

Workers employed by PortGround GmbH performed the loading operation on the spot. The ground handling and freight services provider is part of the Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG Group and has had many years of experience in handling heavy items.

"Leipzig/Halle Airport offers ideal conditions for freight charter flights around the globe with its excellent transport connections and the opportunities provided by its 24-hour operating permit. Our subsidiary PortGround has also had a wealth of experience, which goes back many years, when it comes to handling outsize cargo; our customers value this highly," Markus Kopp, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, points out. He adds, "PortGround has loaded a variety of vehicles, industrial plant and helicopters and even complete underground trains on board different types of aircraft in the past. Not least thanks to this expertise, PortGround offers tailor-made ground handling services for all types of air freight. We're particularly delighted that the Antonov 225 has now become a "regular guest" at Leipzig/Halle for these reasons."

Leipzig/Halle Airport: 24/7 for cargo flights and direct links to road and rail

Leipzig/Halle Airport has a 24-hour operating permit for cargo flights and direct links to the trans-European motorway and railway networks. The runway system has two parallel runways, each 3,600 metres long, and it is possible to use them independently of each other in CAT III b conditions. The airport also has a modern handling terminal for large animals, the Animal Export Center, and a veterinary border inspection post. DHL has been operating its European hub at the airport since 2008. Leipzig/Halle Airport has also been the home base for the AeroLogic airline, a joint venture between DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo, since 2009. Cargo flights currently operate from Leipzig/Halle Airport to about 60 destinations in more than 30 different countries on four continents.

Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport continue to grow

The amount of freight handled at Leipzig/Halle Airport increased by 1.3 percent to a figure of 368,346 tonnes during the first five months of the year. This is therefore the tenth consecutive year of growth in this sector. Leipzig/Halle Airport is Germany's second largest cargo hub and number five in Europe. The airport handled 887,101 tonnes of air freight in 2013.

Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG

Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding is the umbrella brand of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, a company owned by the public sector. The Group has three subsidiaries: Leipzig/Halle Airport, Dresden International Airport and PortGround.

Flughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH is a subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG. The airport handled more than 2,240,860 passengers and 887,101 tonnes of air freight in 2013. This makes Leipzig/Halle Airport Germany's second largest cargo hub.

PortGround GmbH is a subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG and offers ground handling, freight and other services at the airports at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden. PortGround guarantees operations on 365 days a year round the clock; it has approx. 370 employees and an extensive fleet of the latest vehicles and machinery for handling aircraft and air freight. PortGround works with local companies in a partner-like way at both airports and has fixed cooperation arrangements for certain services. PortGround is able to handle all types of aircraft and air freight using the latest technical procedures and in line with international standards. The company's spectrum of services ranges from loading and unloading aircraft, including all the transport operations on the apron area, to aircraft services, e.g. towing aircraft, providing start-up assistance, interior cleaning and supplying water and disposing of liquid waste. PortGround is also responsible for de-icing services during the winter months. When it comes to air freight, PortGround not only provides the physical handling for freight with the documentation, but also trucking services and training courses. The company also offers services and advice on the issue of hazardous goods and air freight security.

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