Lufthansa Cargo starts construction of new Frankfurt hub

Lufthansa Cargo aircraft at Frankfurt Airport.
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With its LCCevolution project, Lufthansa Cargo is pressing ahead with modernizing the Frankfurt hub. Lufthansa Cargo plans to invest around 500 million euros in construction and modernization of Cargo City North at Frankfurt Airport.

The New High-Bay Warehouse


In August of this year, construction kicked off on the crown of the LCCevolution project—a towering 40-meter-high high-bay warehouse.

This futuristic facility, located in the north of Frankfurt Airport, is set to redefine cargo storage and handling. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, it promises to be a game-changer in Lufthansa Cargo’s operational landscape.

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Automated Transport System


Accompanying the high-bay warehouse is an advanced automated transport system. This technological marvel is designed to streamline cargo movement, ensuring swift and precise transportation within the hub.

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As the first building modules take shape, it’s clear that Lufthansa Cargo is embracing automation to enhance its logistical prowess.

With a commitment of nearly 500 million euros, Lufthansa Cargo is sparing no expense in reshaping its Frankfurt hub.

This massive investment underscores the strategic importance of the Frankfurt hub, which currently handles approximately 80 percent of Lufthansa Cargo’s global cargo volume.

Ashwin Bhat on the LCCevolution Impact


Ashwin Bhat, the CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, emphasizes the pivotal role of the Frankfurt hub in the company’s global operations.

He envisions the modernization efforts as not just a physical transformation but a catalyst for operational success.

The overarching goal is to enhance turnaround times and elevate efficiency, translating to tangible benefits for Lufthansa Cargo’s customers.

Partnering with construction heavyweight Ed. Züblin AG, Lufthansa Cargo has found a reliable ally. Stefan Dürr, head of the infrastructure program at Lufthansa Cargo, expresses confidence in Züblin’s expertise in building construction and civil engineering.

This collaboration marks a significant step towards realizing the LCCevolution vision.

Beyond Ed. Züblin AG, Lufthansa Cargo has enlisted the support of BLEICHERT Automation GmbH & Co. KG and io-consultants GmbH & Co. KG.

These strategic partnerships extend to the construction of the high-bay warehouse and the planning of logistics systems.

The signing of the contract on November 21 at Frankfurt Airport solidifies the commitment of all partners to the project’s success.

The Road Ahead


As Lufthansa Cargo embarks on this new project, challenges still loom on the horizon. Dietmar Focke, Chief Operations Officer at Lufthansa Cargo, acknowledges the complexity of implementing such a project while ensuring uninterrupted hub operations.

The phased approach, spanning from 2023 to 2027, is a testament to the meticulous planning required to upgrade a bustling hub 24/7.

Johannes Graf, Technical Director of Ed. Züblin AG, echoes the sentiment, emphasizing the opportunity to showcase technical prowess in revitalizing one of Europe’s largest transportation hubs.

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