Airport developer, Aeroterm has selected Lödige Industries to automate the cargo system at John F. Kennedy International Airport‘s (JFK) new 350,000-square-foot facility.

The system will be used by Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the main cargo handler at JFK.

JFK Cargo Facility
The new cargo facility is being built on a 26-acre site at JFK

JFK’s new cargo facility will increase ramp capacity, enabling it to simultaneously handle three large air freighters.

It will also include more than 50 dock doors for the efficient transfer and tracking of goods.

Bryan Rosenberger, Vice President Design & Construction at Aeroterm said:

As the first new cargo facility built at JFK in two decades, this project is an essential step in revitalising JFK as a cargo hub. On each development project, Realterm partners with both local and global groups for best-in-class expertise in design, construction and specific air cargo equipment. We are excited to partner with Lödige on this development.

Lödige’s system will feature two elevating transfer vehicles with a unit load device (ULD) storage rack for 218 ULD positions. The three-level ULD racks will ensure high storage density to optimise space for other handling activities.

The equipment also includes three truck docks, a castor deck area and 14 elevating workstations.

The system’s advanced level of automation aims to guarantee efficient throughput and high safety standards.

Jonathan Hardy, Managing Director USA at Lödige Industries said:

The US cargo industry is showing a great sense of optimism this year and we are proud to contribute to JFK's ambitious modernisation programme. We are confident that our high-efficiency cargo handling solutions and years of local experience will support WFS in achieving its quality, speed, and safety goals and continue to grow through increased efficiency in the new facility.

Once complete in early 2024, JFK’s new cargo facility is expected to handle an annual throughput of 350,000 tonnes.


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