DHL is shortly to build an additional 7,500 square metres onto its facilities at Foronda airport in Vitoria, involving an investment in excess of 23 million euros. DHL is Foronda’s main asset as a freight handling airport. In fact, the courier firm has outgrown its facilities at the 12,000 square metre Vitoria airport, so it has decided to enlarge them.
The transport company defined this Tuesday that it will expand from its current 3,600 square metres to 11,100, together with a further 1,400 square metres of offices, enabling an automated processing capacity of 21,500 items per hour.
Jesús Sánchez, Director of DHL Aviación in Spain, explained in a statement that the company foresees “a high growth rate this year, so this extension is essential to accommodate these forecasts and improve its capacity and quality of service”. The current terminal, built in 2006, has handled more than 3 million kilos in recent months, representing an increase of 16% in the number of dispatches over last year.
Sanchez highlighted that they have consolidated the 10 daily destinations from Vitoria (Leipzig, Brussels, East Midlands, Bergamo, Lisbon, Porto, Seville, Valencia, Alicante and Santiago de Compostela), with more than 20 movements by air, as well as more than 30 by land each day (Bilbao, San Sebastián, Bergara, Logroño-Soria, Pamplona, Zaragoza-Huesca-Teruel, Oviedo, Santander, Biarritz, Burgos, Valladolid-Palencia-León-Salamanca).
This investment will enable DHL to triple its operational capacity, “optimise its processes and improve the service offered to customers” from its international distribution centre at the airport in Alava. Growth in freight volumes has allowed DHL to provide more than 200 direct jobs and maintain around 50 indirect jobs among auxiliary services staff at Foronda.