UPS opens expanded hub Cologne/Bonn airport

UPS has celebrated the official opening of a US$200 million expansion of its European air hub facilities at Cologne/ Bonn Airport in Germany.


UPS opens expanded hub Cologne/Bonn airport


UPS has celebrated the official opening of a US$200 million expansion of its European air hub facilities at Cologne/ Bonn Airport in Germany. The expansion, which took two years to construct, constitutes one of UPS’s largest facility investments in the company’s history and “will continue to serve as Europe’s window into the world of international trade and export,” the US express giant said.

The expansion of the air hub will enhance trade links between Asia Pacific and key markets in Europe, particularly strengthening UPS’s connectivity with China. UPS currently operates 12 weekly flights between Cologne/Bonn and its Shenzhen Intra-Asia Hub, Shanghai International Hub and the Chengdu gateway, which are among the busiest airports in China by passenger and cargo throughput. UPS connects major Asian cities, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Seoul to Cologne/Bonn, offering a guaranteed one to two day delivery commitment to major business destinations in Europe.

“All of this ensures that UPS’s Cologne/ Bonn air hub remains the centrepiece of the company’s European express network, a key component of UPS’s global air operations, and one of the largest and most advanced sorting facilities in the world,” said Cindy Miller, president, UPS Europe.

The operating area now measures more than 105,000 sqm and the addition of eight automated sorters increases the hub’s package sorting capacity by 70 per cent to 190,000 packages per hour – or around 53 packages per second. The conveyor system now covers a distance of about 40 kilometres; with a package taking an average of just 15 minutes to move through the hub from unload to load point.