Frankfurt Airport: Europe's Leading Cargo Hub

Located at the heart of the continent in a leading  business location, Frankfurt Airport excels with highly professional handling  of all types of cargo.

Location Power

Flugzeug im Landeanflug auf Frankfurt Airport

Located  in the heart of the continent, Frankfurt Airport is Europe’s leading cargo hub  and one of the top 10 worldwide.

More than 2.3 million tons of cargo are handled at Frankfurt Airport every year. This makes FRA the leading cargo hub in Europe and one of the most important transport hubs in Europe. More than 130 passenger and cargo airlines connect Frankfurt with 357 destinations in 105 countries (2019). This makes us the hub with the best "Total Hub Connectivity" in Europe (ACI 2021).
More freight forwarders are based here than in any other location in Europe. This makes Frankfurt particularly attractive for airlines.  One of the reasons for this is the airport's central location in the heart of Europe. The airport can be reached by truck from all European countries in just 18 hours and is directly connected to the busiest highway interchange in Europe. This optimal networking of air and road is unique.

Business Power

Euro-Zeichen am Willy-Brandt-Platz in Frankfurt

Frankfurt  Airport connects one of Europe’s leading business locations with the world.

Service Power

Frachtabfertiger im Einsatz

Frankfurt  Airport excels with fast, safe, and professional handling of all kinds of  cargo.


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For handling of pharmaceuticals, Frankfurt Airport has more than 14,000 square meters of temperature-adjustable GDP and CEIV-certified storage space right next to the apron. Temperature-controlled transportation in special vehicles is possible on the apron itself. This unique infrastructure and the extra capacity provided by specially designated pharmaceutical teams at numerous forwarding agents and cargo handlers make Frankfurt Airport Europe’s leading pharmaceutical hub.

Perishable Center

Früchte aus aller Welt werden im Perishable Center umgeschlagen

The  Perishable Center Frankfurt is Europe’s largest and most cutting-edge air cargo  center for perishable goods. Each year, around 100,000 metric tons of meat,  fish, crustaceans, fruit, vegetables, and plants are handled here – in just 60  minutes if necessary.


Perishable Center Frankfurt:

  • 9,000 square  meters of temperature-controlled storage space
  • 20 monitored  zones ranging from –24 °C to +24 °C
  • GDP and CEIV certification


Further  information is available at

You can download a flyer on perishables here.


Pferde werden verladen

Frankfurt  Airport has the world’s most state-of-the-art station for animals traveling by  air. Whether they are show horses en route to the Olympics, cats and dogs  heading for a holiday with their owners, rhinoceroses being transported from  one zoo to another, or colorful tropical fish, all animals are treated in a  species-appropriate way here.

Large animal stalls, small animal boxes, special aviaries, and individually temperature-adjustable climatic chambers provide optimum conditions for various species on a site covering over 4,000 square meters. Over 110 million animals per year travel safely via Frankfurt Airport.

Compliance with the strict provisions of the IATA’s Live Animals Regulations and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species is ensured at all times.



Various  companies at the airport are specialized in storing valuable and vulnerable  goods (VAL and VUN). Their storage facilities are equipped with high-security  areas for loading and unloading, sections for goods picking and consolidation,  and explosives detectors.

This means that valuable consignments such as precious metals, cash, artworks, weapons, and narcotics as well as high-quality electronic and pharmaceutical products can be stored in line with the relevant legal and safety requirements.

Dangerous Goods

Kartons müssen als Gefahrgut gekennzeichnet werden

At  Frankfurt Airport, it is possible to handle all classes of dangerous goods and  to store them for more than 24 hours. This does not apply to explosives.

Experienced and regularly trained specialists inspect and monitor the storage areas.


Postkarte, Luftpostbrief und Kompass auf Landkarte

Frankfurt  Airport is a major hub for international transport of mail and parcels,  equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology.

Various  providers enable fast and reliable handling of international airmail and  express consignments on-site with state-of-the-art distribution and sorting  machines.

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Are you  looking for the right contact at a government agency? Here you can find addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses for customs, plant protection, the German Federal  Office for Agriculture and Food, veterinarians, and the federal police  headquarters.


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By car or  truck, rail or bus – you can find detailed directions to CargoCity North and South here. We also provide                        information  about parking options for cars, trucks and vans.



Do you  want to apply for a new Airport ID Card? You can apply online and find answers  to important questions about the topic here.


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All  construction measures on leasehold land must be coordinated with the FRA Cargo  Team at an early stage. To do this, please send an e-mail with the following  essential details to

  • Project/description  of measures
  • Planned timeline
  • Exact  location on the site or in the building

The FRA  Cargo Team will be happy to contact you.



A wide range of services and catering options are available at CargoCities North and South. Click here for more information.


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Whether it’s advice or the operation of all information and communication equipment – Fraport AG’s IT experts offer you a broad range of services.

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Are you looking for the contact details of companies and offices at Frankfurt Airport?

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