Fraport – the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport (FRA) – has received the CEIV Pharma certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for ramp handling of pharmaceuticals.
FRA is the largest airport worldwide to have received this certification for the entire handling chain of pharma products.
Fraport senior executive vice president of ground services, Martin Bien, received the certification at the IATA Ground Handling Conference in Doha this week.
He said: “With the CEIV Pharma certification from IATA, Frankfurt Airport is one of the largest pharmaceutical hubs in the world to offer a fully certified ground handling process – now with ramp handling also included.”
More than 100,000 tonnes of vaccines, drugs, medicines and other pharma products were handled at FRA in 2017.
Fraport’s ramp handling division has been operating a transporter vehicle for temperature-controlled shipments for over 20 years. Now, it is the first ground equipment in the world to be covered by the CEIV certification.
The special vehicle allows transportation of main and lower-deck units in a range from -30 to +30 degrees Celsius with pinpoint precision. Moreover, the transporter is equipped with an electronic temperature monitoring system and tracking options.
Bien said: “We see pharmaceutical transportation as a growth market for the future.” He added: “Receiving IATA’s CEIV certification underscores that Fraport has the requisite infrastructure and the necessary expertise to accommodate this growth.
“We are well prepared for future requirements of the pharmaceutical industry and forwarding companies.”