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Lufthansa to open Frankfurt cargo facility, despite unsettled night flight rules

WITH cargo night flight restrictions still unsettled, Lufthansa Cargo is still opening a new cargo handling facility at Frankfurt Airport's CargoCity South area within a few days.

Plans to redevelop this were delayed until the future of night flights at Frankfurt Airport - currently the subject of court hearings - become clear. At last report, the prospect of easing night flight restrictions had improved.

The 20,000 square metre operational facility will handle air cargo for CEVA, while Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is also expected to move there, reports the UK's International Freighting Weekly.

Lufthansa Cargo already handles cargo for other airlines at its main 60,000 square metre operation in the north of the airport, but the new facility serve forwarding customers.

The airline said the CargoCity South facility will use new-generation x-ray technology that is capable of scanning entire air freight containers. New scanners will enable the carrier to comply with new US security requirements that require all cargo carried on passenger aircraft to and from the US to be screened from August 2010.

Since February, 50 per cent of cargo has required screening under US law. Systems will also be put in Munich and Johannesburg, and later at Lufthansa's main freight centre in the north of the Frankfurt airport.

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