FMG, the company which operates Munich Airport in Germany, has signed a memorandum of understanding with airline freight operator Lufthansa Cargo which will see both companies work together to increase the volume of airfreight shipped via the Bavarian city.
In a statement published today, both parties reaffirmed their resolve to "work together to take Munich Airport to the top of the rankings among its competitors in the European cargo segments."
Core elements of the partnership for strategic growth are understood to be joint development, design and utilisation as well as the expansion of freight facilities at Munich Airport.
The announcement comes on the back of a productive six months for FMG, during which time it has also confirmed a deal with the Thai Airfreight Forwarders Association to develop the Munich as a major distribution hub for Thai perishable products entering Europe.
Speaking to Eurofruit Magazine, Munich Airport's chief operating officer Peter Trautmann said he was very pleased with the new link-up with Thai exporters. "Munich Airport is committedto growing its temperature-controlled traffic of goods such as fruits, flowers, vegetables and pharmaceuticals," he added.
The cooperation deal with Lufthansa is also expected to involve the regular integration of Munich into the cargo flight network of Lufthansa or its partner companies – Lufthansa's passenger flights already carry large quantities of co-loaded freight.
A team of experts from FMG and Lufthansa Cargo are due to begin working together this coming autumn to develop the freight business.
Sealing the freight alliance with a handshake (from left to right) are: Karl-Heinz Köpfle, chief operating officer of Lufthansa Cargo; Carsten Spohr, chief executive officer of Lufthansa Cargo; Munich Airport chief executive officer Dr Michael Kerkloh; and Peter Trautmann, Munich Airport’s chief operating officer.