Swissport Basel Sets New Standards with ‘cool+connect’ Terminal Launch


Sunday, June 30, 2024

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Swissport Basel is set to unveil its cutting-edge “cool+connect” terminal on June 27, 2024. This new facility guarantees the preservation of pharmaceuticals and temperature-sensitive goods (2-8°C) during loading, streamlining operations by consolidating shipments from a single supplier into one truck. This advancement slashes CO2 emissions and handling times by approximately 70%, reducing them from 4.5 to 1.5 hours, as external transportation is now unnecessary. It underscores Swissport’s leadership in managing temperature-sensitive cargo at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse.

“‘cool+connect’ is the first of its kind and we are proud to offer this innovation to our customers at EuroAirport,” says Andreas Behnke, Station Manager Basel, and member of the Swissport Global Cargo committee. “The cool chain infrastructure for pharmaceutical centers with many refrigerated containers meets a global need in the logistics industry. Swissport offers a proven, standardized terminal for airlines, logistics providers and airports to outsource business-critical operations.”  

Swissport is set to roll out its “cool+connect” infrastructure globally, alongside expanding its network of IATA CEIV Pharma-certified cargo warehouses for pharmaceutical logistics. The company aims for CEIV certification across its network, with plans underway for Geneva, Switzerland, and Hamburg, Germany. In the U.S., Swissport is actively pursuing certification at major pharmaceutical hubs like Miami International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport, underscoring its commitment to top-tier handling of pharmaceutical goods.

At EuroAirport Basel, Swissport’s modern cargo warehouse includes an IATA CEIV-certified Swissport Pharma Center, optimized for handling temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. Swissport plays a crucial role in the temperature-sensitive air cargo supply chain, renowned for its expertise in pharmaceutical logistics. In 2023 alone, Swissport Cargo in Basel managed 43,000 tons of freight across 1,875 flights, supported by a team of 105 dedicated staff members.

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