Dallas Fort Worth International Airport will install a cold chain facility that will allow cargo and logistics customers to ship perishable items through one of the world’s biggest international gateways.

The cold chain facility will be operated by AirLogistix USA, and is expected to be operational this summer. It will give DFW Airport the ability to precisely control warehousing temperatures for shipments of pharmaceuticals, flowers and fresh foods.

“There are tremendous growth opportunities for domestic and international cargo customers to ship perishables through DFW to 180 markets,” John Ackerman, executive vice president of Global Strategy and Development, said in a statement. “We are very excited to partner with AirLogistix.”

Today, DFW Airport handles 66 percent of the air cargo from Texas, and its cargo tonnage increased by more than 8 percent over last year and is up 18 percent this year.

DFW handles more than 794,600 U.S. tons of air freight, which is shipped to destinations all over the world. Fourteen dedicated freighters serve 22 major cargo hubs throughout Asia, Europe and North America from DFW. Aircraft belly cargo capacity is also available to more than 200 global destinations on the 26 passenger airlines that serve the airport.

“The DFW gateway has the advantage of being located in the central U.S., which helped drive our expansion into North Texas,” said Ray Brimble, president and CEO of Lynxs Group, owner of AirLogistix USA. “Our facility will be available to distributors and forwarders who need to keep their perishable and temperature sensitive goods cool during shipping, with particular emphasis on transit through the airport.”

Presented by the Dallas Business Journal

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