FedEx’s new facility in Malpensa enters construction phase

FedEx Express, the largest express transportation company in the world, and SEA, the Milan’s airports management company, have confirmed the start of the construction on the development of a new base of operations at Malpensa airport.

The new, highly-automated structure will be equipped with the latest technological systems and devices, and will triple the size of the current FedEx Express facility in Malpensa to become the third largest hub in Europe, after Paris and Cologne, to serve the freight traffic to and from Italy.

Located within the Cargo City, the new structure will incorporate 15,000 square metres of covered warehouse, 20,000 square metres for vehicles manoeuvring and parking, and more than 1,000 square metres of office space.  Construction will be completed by the summer of 2016.

The development will cost SEA €15 million and is part of the airport operator’s €100 million investment plan for the expansion of the freight traffic infrastructure in the southern area of Malpensa’s Cargo City.  In addition, FedEx Express plans to invest several million euros in equipment, systems and facilities for the new structure.

The expansion of Cargo City will double the airport’s freight capacity, adding three new warehouses of more than 15,000 square metres each to the two existing 20,000 square metre facilities.

The airport currently moves about 500,000 tons a year and, thanks to the new investments, will reach a handling capacity of about one million tons per year within a couple of years.  The quality of the performance and the investment by SEA will help Malpensa to maintain its leadership in the Italian market.

FedEx Express is the fourth-largest customer of Malpensa airport for cargo and is the first courier directly connected with the United States thanks to a flight between Malpensa and Memphis, providing the fastest transit times from northern Italy to the United States.