Thousands experience Rostock-Laage Airport as an interface between everyday life and holidays, between their place of residence and the port where the cruise ships moor. Logistics experts also know Rostock-Laage as a cargo airport, small but ambitious. And in this role, it has now opened another chapter; on October 4, 2018, a Boeing 747 cargo plane was handled for the first time. More precisely, a 747-400F of the airline Silkway from Azerbaijan. It was chartered by the Güstrow Branch of the logistics service provider DB Schenker.
48 tons of cellulose to India
When the plane took off again 3 hours after landing, it had 48 tons of cellulose on board, spread over 115 pallets. The day before, DB Schenker had transported the cellulose to the airport in five trucks in order to load it onto the aircraft in the shortest possible time. The final destination was Mumbai in India, 6,500 kilometers away. With a stopover in the capital of Azerbaijan, whose name everyone has known since the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Precisely—Baku. In India, cellulose is processed into toiletries.
Everything a cargo airport needs
“It was the first time we chartered a 747 freighter for Rostock-Laage, but it certainly won’t be the last,” says Gunnar Scholtz, Head of DB Schenker’s Güstrow office. It’s evident to Scholtz that the next machine of this size category will soon follow. “As a freight forwarder, the airport offers us the best conditions for the regular handling of projects of this size. This is not least a reference to the 24-hour operating permit. In addition, this regional airport in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has all the licenses required for freight operations. Customs has an office at the location and “the airport administration proves to be flexible and willing to cooperate in special transactions,” says Scholtz.
Available logistics space next door
Due to its geographical location, Rostock offers itself as a hub for transports to and from Scandinavia as well as Southern and Eastern Europe. The Baltic region is also well connected. Open logistics space is available directly at the airport. 15 companies from the metal processing, automotive supply and food industries have already settled here. They employ a total of 800 people.
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