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Flowers, fresh food can chill out at DFW Airport during the hot summer

Cargo is loaded on to an aircraft at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. The airport plans to build a new cold storage cargo facility to open this summer.
Cargo is loaded on to an aircraft at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. The airport plans to build a new cold storage cargo facility to open this summer. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

When it’s over 100 degrees this summer, flowers and fresh foods will be chilling at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

On Tuesday, the airport announced plans to build a new cold chain storage facility that cargo handlers will be able to use to ship perishable items.

“This new facility will increase our handling capabilities and open new doors for all our cargo and logistics partners to ship high-value, temperature and time sensitive products through DFW,” said John Ackerman, DFW Airport’s executive vice president of global strategy and development.

The airport already handles more than 794,600 tons of air freight each year, often handling cargo from South America on its way to Asia. The new facility will allow for temperature controlled warehousing of cargo such as flowers, fresh foods and pharmaceutical products.

American Airlines has two cold storage cargo units at its cargo facility on the northeast part of the airport but this new facility will be operated by AirLogistix USA and available for use by all of the airport’s cargo and logistic partners.

Total cargo shipments at the airport were up 16.3 percent in December, with domestic shipping up 23 percent and international cargo up 7.7 percent, the airport’s vice president Milton de la Paz told the airport board on Thursday. There are fourteen freighter companies at DFW that serve major cargo hubs around the world in addition to the passenger airlines, like American, that carry cargo on their flights.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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