FedEx Express commissions sorter for Stuttgart air cargo hub

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FedEx Express has expanded its Stuttgart Air Gateway air cargo facility in Germany and commissioned a sorter at the site.

The setup is expected to improve the site’s handling speed and capacity, equipping it to meet export and import demand from customers in the region. In addition to tripling sorting capacity, it offers a fivefold increase in capacity for x-raying airfreight shipments. The warehouse, which has been expanded from 800mto 3,000m2, also enables better handling of freight and dangerous goods.

The Stuttgart Air Gateway, which has been in operation since September 2012, is one of seven FedEx air cargo locations in Germany. It is currently connected to the main FedEx European hub, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, with four outbound and four inbound flights a week. This route is flown by a B737 jet. An ATR 72 turboprop will be used on another route between Stuttgart, Germany, and Liège, Belgium. The new setup will create 30 new jobs at Stuttgart Airport. Currently, 15 employees work at the site.

The expansion of the air gateway is FedEx Express’s second major investment in the Stuttgart region within a year. In early summer 2022, the company opened a facility in Nufringen, Germany, to offer improved express services through later pick-up times and expanded capacities.

Stefan Dries, vice president of ground operations at FedEx Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said, “The expansion is further evidence of our growth strategy in Europe. We have invested to offer our customers in the region even more service and opportunities. FedEx Express is a strong partner and supports large, medium-sized and smaller companies to grow their business.”

Matthias Barbian, managing director of ramp and gateway operations at FedEx Express, added, “The Air Gateway Stuttgart offers our team members and service providers a modern working environment. The location is in an economically strong region and connects the companies based here to international markets worldwide via the FedEx Express air network.”

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