Cologne/Bonn Airport is playing a key role in logistics

(Photo: Cologne Bonn Airport)

While passenger operations at Cologne Bonn Airport (IATA: CGN) have ground to an almost complete halt as a result of the coronavirus crisis, the airports says that “things are buzzing“ in some areas.

Its freight operations are running at full capacity and this week it handled around 700 cargo movements, an increase of 13% compared to the same time last year.

Johan Vanneste, CEO of Flughafen Köln/Bonn, commented: “As a key component in the logistics chain, we currently bear a huge responsibility – as a hub for important supplies, our freight business is currently operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week at full capacity.

“It is becoming clear how important it is that we, as one of the biggest freight airports in Europe, remain fully operational in these times of crisis. Our authorisation to operate night flights is also particularly relevant in this context.

“Our employees are highly motivated and are working as a team to ensure that we can get through these difficult times together. We owe them a great debt of thanks.”

This week‘s cargo flights carried mainly medical supplies, hospital equipment and industrial goods. There’s also a proportion of food supplies.

Entry restrictions at national borders mean that a large percentage of goods that would usually be delivered by road are now being shipped by air.