Lufthansa and Frankfurt Airport extend ground handling partnership
Lufthansa Cargo AG and Fraport AG Ground Services have signed an eight-year agreement to extend their ground-handling partnership at Frankfurt Airport.
CONNECTING: Frankfurt is Lufthansa's main hub.
The new agreement between the German airline and the owners of Frankfurt airport covers aircraft ground handling, particularly the loading and unloading of all freighter aircraft belonging to Lufthansa Cargo.
Transportation of cargo to and from the aircraft on the airport grounds is also part of the agreement.
“We are very pleased that Lufthansa Cargo has decided to continue its successful collaboration with Fraport Ground Services. The agreement underlines the close and longstanding relationship between Fraport and our partner and customer Lufthansa Cargo here at Frankfurt Airport,” said Michael Müller, member of the Executive Board and Executive Director of Labor Relations for Fraport AG, at the signing of the agreement.
“For Lufthansa Cargo, the signing of the new agreement for ground services signifies a continuation of the successful system partnership with Fraport in this area for many decades. It also ensures the reliable and high-quality ground-handling of our freighter fleet at Frankfurt Airport as we move into the future,” added Sören Stark, Board Member Operations at Lufthansa Cargo AG.
In July, the airline and Fraport AG signed their first agreement on short-term cost savings geared at enabling Lufthansa to increase its operations at Frankfurt, its main hub airport. It meant that the partners would work together to make the most of potential areas for further increasing efficiency and lowering costs. Specifically they were looking to improve utilisation of their existing infrastructure and to reduce costs by improving the advance planning of passenger traffic. There will also be more intense coordination between Lufthansa and Fraport concerning customer relations to optimise services in the non-aviation sector. This set of measures is designed to create the right conditions for the further growth of Lufthansa in Frankfurt in the coming years.
The Lufthansa Cargo fleet consists of state-of-the-art Boeing B 777 and MD-11 aircraft. Lufthansa Cargo has the highest cargo volumes of all airlines at Frankfurt Airport.