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Dallas Forth Worth plans cold-chain facility

Steve Rogerson
February 14, 2017



Cargo and logistics customers will soon have better opportunities to ship perishable items through Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport as it is about to install a cold-chain facility.
 
To be operated by Houston-based AirLogistix and expected to be operational this summer, the state-of-the-art transfer facility will give DFW the ability to control warehousing temperatures precisely for shipments of pharmaceuticals, flowers and fresh foods.
 
"There are tremendous growth opportunities for domestic and international cargo customers to ship perishables through DFW to 180 markets," said John Ackerman, executive vice president at DFW. "We are very excited to partner with AirLogistix on a cold-chain facility at DFW Airport. Today, we handle 66 per cent of the air cargo from Texas, and our cargo tonnage increased by more than eight per cent over last year and is up 18 per cent this year. This new facility will increase our handling capabilities and open new doors for all our cargo and logistics partners to ship high-value, temperature and time sensitive products through DFW."
 
DFW handles more than 794,600 US tons of air freight, which is shipped to destinations all over the world. Fourteen dedicated freighters serve 22 major cargo hubs throughout Asia, Europe and North America from DFW. Valuable belly cargo capacity is also available to more than 200 global destinations on the 26 passenger airlines that serve the airport.
 
"Dallas Fort Worth is a natural choice for us to further develop AirLogistix middle mile on-airport perishables handling services," said Ray Brimble, president and CEO of Lynxs Group, owner of AirLogistix. “The DFW gateway has the advantage of being located in the central USA, which helped drive our expansion into north Texas. We look forward to working with all airlines that serve DFW. Our facility will be available to distributors and forwarders who need to keep their perishable and temperature sensitive goods cool during shipping, with particular emphasis on transit through the airport. We are ready to get started at DFW."
 
DFW Airport produces over $37bn in economic impact for the north Texas region and more than half of that is attributed to cargo.
 
AirLogistix has been in operation for over five years. It owns and operates the perishables handling facility at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and is the only cold storage that is on the airport with direct airport ramp access. It will soon be opening similar facilities at DFW. The company is led by a 30-year veteran of the logistics and aviation industry, Kerry Galegher.