INDIA & MIDDLE EAST: Lufthansa Cargo’s pharma hub opens at Hyderabad

Lufthansa Cargo’s pharma hub for temperature-sensitive airfreight officially went into operation this week at Hyderabad Airport in India. Prior to the opening, the location had been certified by the cargo carrier as meeting the complex requirements for the transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals – the first station in Lufthansa Cargo’s global network to be awarded this […]


Lufthansa Cargo’s pharma hub for temperature-sensitive airfreight officially went into operation this week at Hyderabad Airport in India. Prior to the opening, the location had been certified by the cargo carrier as meeting the complex requirements for the transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals – the first station in Lufthansa Cargo’s global network to be awarded this status. In December last year, Lufthansa Cargo and the operator of Hyderabad Airport, the GMR Group, announced plans to jointly develop the airport into the key hub in South Asia for the transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. “With the certification of the key stations for cold-chain transport in our network we are strengthening our commitment to transporting temperature-sensitive shipments,” said Christopher Dehio, senior manager Global Key Accounts Temperature Control at Lufthansa Cargo. “In parallel to the certification process, we are further expanding our own fleet of cold-chain containers in Hyderabad.” The first two cold-chain transports from Lufthansa Cargo’s new pharma hub in Hyderabad kicked off with consignments from the Dr. Reddy and Gland Pharma pharmaceutical groups. The temperature-sensitive medicines were transported to Philadelphia and Chicago and via Frankfurt aboard a Lufthansa Cargo MD-11.