Fully automated system cargo terminal to open at Schiphol Airport

Posted: 22 February 2022 | | No comments yet

Leading global air and travel service provider to open new cargo terminal at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which is scheduled to become operational in 2024.

Credit: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

dnata, a leading global air and travel service provider is set to open a new cargo terminal at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). Due to construction measures at Schiphol to improve airport infrastructure, it is necessary for dnata to move into a new terminal building, which is scheduled to become operational in 2024. The new building, developed by Schiphol Commercial | Real Estate and designed by the architectural firm DP6, will be equipped  with a fully automated system to secure future growth of dnata’s customers at Schiphol.

Two separate automatic storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) with 12 stacker cranes are used in the terminal for import and export. 2,500 pallets can be stored here. An additional storage for up to 700 ULDs is served by four elevating transport vehicles (ETVs). To ensure flexible and scalable ULD transport within the terminal, dnata will also deploy seven intelligent automated guided vehicles (AGV) – the first time being utilised at the airport on a large scale.

Credit: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Smart gates, which automatically record the volume and weight of all incoming shipments through 3D scans and thus significantly speed up handling, are another special feature. This will once again substantially improve service quality. A comprehensive high-performance warehouse management system integrating all elements will enable dnata to further expand its operations and service at Schiphol. The high level of automation saves space and time, will increase safety and frees up staff for higher-value tasks.

Jan van Anrooy, Managing Director of dnata commented: “We are delighted to enhance our operations with a major investment at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Equipped with the latest technologies, our new terminal enables us to significantly expand our offering and meet the increased demand for our services. It will also help us consistently provide service excellence to our customers, ensuring the highest level of safety and quality at every stage of the handling process.”

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