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Airports & Air cargo

International supply chains depend on high quality air transport and express services. Air cargo must flow; but time gained in the air is often lost on the ground. Efficient airports with smooth cooperation between all stakeholders in the air cargo chain will be the winners. They will attract new business, act as a logistics hub and generate substantial financial and economic gains. Districon has developed the expertise to help you win.

We deliver ‘Total Air cargo Solutions’ to airports, airlines, cargo terminal operators, ICT suppliers, customs authorities, forwarders and real estate developers. The basis for this is 40 years of Districon supply chain experience. This experience provides us a profound understanding of the factors that drive shippers and the air cargo industry. We have demonstrated this at more than 50 local, regional and global air cargo hubs.

As a specialist consultancy firm we are independent and are accustomed to teaming with (local) partners, architects and / or engineering companies. If required, we can introduce our trusted, long standing partners to offer you a full range of services for delivering business plans, master plans, or a turn-key cargo terminal: All with the passion to master air cargo flows.

Our main services are tailored to:

  • Market Analysis and Strategy
  • Designing Air Cargo Terminals
  • Process Design and Innovation
  • Master Planning and Airport Logistics Parks

Market Analysis and Strategy

Efficient facilitation of air cargo flows could require extensive investments in infrastructure, facilities and systems. Successful air cargo hubs have demonstrated that high financial returns can be generated by implementing an effective market strategy and business plan.

In order to identify market potential and business opportunities, we will support you with in-depth industry knowledge combined with proven methodologies, analysis tools and trade and traffic data. We combine local circumstances with best global industry practices.

Your market strategy or business plan is just the beginning: Our drive is to make it happen.

Designing air cargo terminals

Cargo terminal operators have a key role and responsibility to deliver efficient ground operations at airports. Constantly balancing between provision of capacity, process efficiency and operating costs.We provide the full range of services, varying from concept design to enabling a turnkey facility. We cooperate seamlessly with (local) partners, architects and / or engineering companies.

Our starting point is always functionality 'fit for purpose' functionally. The level of mechanization and automation and their architecture result from balancing a sound operational concept and budgeting parameters. Being an independent expert will prove its value to you. In addition to functionality our design will provide you long term flexibility.

We focus on ensuring the financial feasibility of the investment and when required, we can help you find external investors based on a bankable business plan and investment prospectus.

Process design and innovation

Simplifying the business is our hallmark and efficiency is in our DNA. We are the front-runners of innovation in the air cargo supply chain, both at company level and at multi stakeholder systems such as airports.

Based on latest technologies and our knowledge of international practices at the major cargo hubs we can innovate your operational concept.

All airports and their air cargo community are unique. We do not believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach and fully understand that innovation and international practices require customization to local circumstances and carefully managing the implementation of change.

Some examples of successful innovation programs relate to extensive e-freight adoption programs, cargo terminal capacity optimization programs, realization of virtual free trade zones, integrated government inspection programs and enhanced landside delivery and acceptance processes.

With focus on process innovation and efficiency, we do not forget the importance of sustainability. 

Master planning and airport logistics parks

The development of Airport Cities or Airport Logistics Parks (ALPs) is top of the agenda at many airports. Optimal facilitation of the air cargo industry, real-estate investments and an impulse for regional employment go hand in hand.

Our aim is to develop and realize innovative concepts for the Airport Cities and ALPs with a corresponding master plan, which remains flexible to future developments. We are accustomed to delivering bankable business plans and bid books and are successful in attracting investors. Depending on your needs, we can offer a full range of services or provide specific services and team with other designated internal or third party resources.