Kuehne + Nagel partners with Vienna International Airport


Kuehne + Nagel has signed a partnership agreement with Vienna International Airport, expanding its service portfolio for the pharma and healthcare industry. Vienna International Airport offers a complete end-to-end solution for pharma products from one single source, featuring a cool chain, quick handling processes and short turnaround times between air and road transport. The quick and specialised handling of temperature-sensitive pharma products directly from aircraft to the roadways or vice versa is the core competence of the new 1,600 sq m Vienna Pharma Handling Centre (VPHC).

Kuehne + Nagel is now utilising this specialised service as “Preferred Partner” for the handling of its pharma shipments. Within the framework of the partnership, the global logistics provider benefits from its own handling area, allowing for greater flexibility.

Patrick Mair, National Airfreight Manager at Kuehne + Nagel Austria said: “All services such as packaging, storage, loading and unloading of temperature-controlled shipments can now be offered in an exclusive handling area. An additional benefit of the partnership is the fact that the facility is situated directly at the apron with very short tarmac distances to all aircraft positions. This enables a continuous cold chain for our shipments and seamless, temperature-controlled transportation to and from the aircraft, which was not previously available at Vienna International Airport.”

The Vienna Pharma Handling Centre was opened in December 2018. It is part of the Air Cargo Centre and directly accessible from both, land and airside areas. The state-of-the-art facility provides two separate temperature-controlled areas: A 1,600 sq m CRT (Controlled Room Temperature) area for the handling of pharmaceuticals at 15 – 25°C and an additional 153 sq m for the storage, build-up and break down of 2°- 8°C shipments. The VPHC exclusively handles temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products. Vienna Airport has invested about €1.8m in the new Pharma Handling Centre.

Source: Kuehne + Nagel