JFK Airport Installs Automated Cargo System at New Cargo Facility

Aerial view of JFK Airport cargo facility
Photo Credit: Lödige Industries

LONDON – Aeroterm, North America’s largest third-party on-airport developer has chosen cargo terminal solutions provider Lödige Industries, a German company to integrate an automated cargo system at New York’s main hub, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), with a new 350,000 square-foot cargo facility. 

Lödige system will be extensively used by Worldwide Flight Service (WFS) which will be the main cargo handler at New York’s JFK Airport. 

The announcement stated that: “The new cargo facility, which is being built on a 26-acre site, will include greater ramp capacity to handle three of today’s large modern air cargo freighters (Group VI aircraft) simultaneously.”

The announcement further states that the new state-of-the-art facility will include more than 50 dock doors for the efficient and seamless transfer and tracking of goods through the facility. 

German-based Lödige Industry’s system will also feature two elevating transfer vehicles, readily- equipped with a ULD storage rack for 218 ULD positions and three-level tiered ULD racks which will enable high storage capacity in WF’s latest terminal and facility, which will inevitably free up space for other handling actions and ad-hoc activities. 

WFS stated that the automation at New York’s newest facility will ensure the highest efficiency of any cargo operations in the country, and will create optimal throughout for cargoes reducing cost and time.

Moreover, WFS also stresses that its facility will bear the highest of safety standards, and ensure smooth and optimal operational processes. 

WFS’s equipment includes three truck docks, a castor deck area and 14 elevating workstations for added efficiency and productivity. 

Throughput of cargo expansion at JFK Airport

When the facility is slated for early 2024 completion, New York’s new JFK cargo facility is expected to handle 350,000 tonnes worth of cargo throughput per annum  

Jeffrey Bounds SVP of Program Management & Center of Excellence, The Americas from WFS stated: 

“Our new cargo facility, equipped with Lödige’s state-of-the-art systems, is designed for maximum efficiency. Thanks to this market-leading cargo handling technology, we are ideally equipped for future growth and can offer our customers the best possible service at all times.” 

Bryan Rosenberger, vice president of design & construction at Aeroterm asserted that as the first new cargo facility built at JFK in 20 years, this project is a crucial step in researching New York’s JFK as an international cargo hub.

He went on to state: “On each development project, Realterm partners with both local and global groups for best-in-class expertise in design, construction and specific air cargo equipment. We are excited to partner with Lödige on this development.”

Managing director of USA at Lödige Industries, Jonathan Hardy is optimistic that there are many more opportunities for the cargo selector in North America to grow:   “The US cargo industry is showing a great sense of optimism this year and we are proud to contribute to JFK’s ambitious modernisation programme.”

He added: “We are confident that our high-efficiency cargo handling solutions and years of local experience will support WFS in achieving its quality, speed, and safety goals and continue to grow through increased efficiency in the new facility.” 

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