Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport plans to install a cold chain facility that will be operated by AirLogistix USA. Expected to be operational in summer 2017, the state-of-the-art transfer facility will allow DFW to precisely control warehousing temperatures 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–global strategy and development at DFW. “We are very excited to partner with AirLogistix USA on a cold chain facility at DFW Airport. Today, we handle 66% of the air cargo from Texas, and our cargo tonnage increased by more than 8% over last year and is up 18% 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 worldwide. Fourteen dedicated freighters serve 22 major cargo hubs throughout Asia, Europe and North America from DFW. 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 USA ‘middle mile’ on-airport perishables handling services. The DFW gateway has the advantage of being located in the central United States, which helped drive our expansion into North Texas,” said Ray Brimble, president and CEO of Lynxs Group, owner of AirLogistix USA. “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 more than $37 billion in economic impact for the North Texas region, and more than 50% of that is attributed to cargo.

AirLogistix USA has been in operation for more than five years. AirLogistix IAH owns and operates the perishables handling facility at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), and is the only cold storage that is on the airport with direct airport ramp access. AirLogistix USA will soon be opening similar facilities at DFW International Airport. For more details, see www.airlogistixusa.com.