After receipt of the building permit and extensive preparatory work at the estate, about 50 guests met to lay the cornerstone for the 8,000 sqm large building. The new building which will be constructed close to the premises of Fraport Cargo Services is expected to be completed in July 2008.

As from summer 2008, after only seven months of construction time, the tenant Fraport Cargo Services (FCS) will use the cargo handling area of about 5,000 sqm and the office space of about 3,000 sqm for the exclusive air cargo handling of Japan Airlines Cargo. Effective July 2008, 80 staff members will be operating here day and night, 365 days a year.

The investor is Dietz AG, Bensheim, which continues its successful work at Frankfurt Airport with the air cargo facility being already the second on-site project designed specifically to the individual user’s demands. Just at the beginning of 2008, a state-of-the-art animal station located at CargoCity North could be handed over to its operator.

Dr. Wolfgang Dietz, Chairman of the board of Dietz AG, welcomed the invited guests and thanked all parties involved for their excellent cooperation, which has in the end resulted in laying the cornerstone only seven months after the idea of the cargo facility was first brought up.

Herbert Mai, Labour Director of Fraport AG, expressed his wish that the warehouse should always operate to full capacity and that the start of operations at the building should take place in time.

Winfried Hartmann, Managing Director of Fraport Cargo Services, first of all welcomed the representatives of Japan Airlines in Japanese and thanked them for the trusting and reliable cooperation which was developed over the last three years. ‘Japan Airlines and Fraport Cargo Services plan together for the future. A common vision has brought us to today’s foundation stone ceremony ’ the vision that a premium airline and a premium air cargo service provider at a premium location together will be able to create a premium air cargo product.’ ’ says Winfried Hartmann.

Afterwards, in an official ceremonial act the cornerstone was laid by the representatives of Dietz AG, Japan Airlines, Fraport AG and Fraport Cargo Services. They were actively supported by Junichi Inamoto, midfielder of the Frankfurter Eintracht soccer team and member of the Japanese national team.