Lödige Industries is to install a state-of-the-art automated cargo system at John F Kennedy International Airport’s new 350,000ft2 cargo facility.
Lödige’s system will be exclusively used by Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the main cargo handler at JFK. The contract was awarded by Aeroterm, North America’s largest third-party on-airport developer.
The new cargo facility, which is being built on a 26-acre site, will include greater ramp capacity to handle three of today’s large modern air cargo freighters (Group VI aircraft) simultaneously. It will also have more than 50 dock doors for the efficient transfer and tracking of goods through the facility.
The system will feature two elevating transfer vehicles with a ULD storage rack for 218 ULD positions and three-level ULD racks to ensure high storage density in WFS's new terminal and free up space for other handling activities, amongst other things. This advanced level of automation guarantees efficient throughput and high safety standards, as well as optimal operational processes, areas that are very important for WFS. The equipment also includes three truck docks, a castor deck area and 14 elevating workstations.
When completed in early 2024, JFK’s new cargo facility is expected to handle an annual throughput of approximately 350,000 tonnes.
"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," said Jonathan Hardy, managing director USA at Lödige Industries.