Green Light for Construction of the DHL Hub in Leipzig
Zumwinkel: "An important move for the labor market and for Germany as a business location."Bonn, 05/20/2005, 11:30 AM CEST
Deutsche Post World Net can begin construction on its new European hub at the Leipzig/Halle airport for its express and logistics subsidiary DHL. With this decision by the Federal Constitutional Court, made public today after a rush resolution, the court denies the request of several airport residents for an imposition of a temporary halt to the construction.
"We are pleased with this decision. Now that we have the legal backing for our plans we can begin with construction," said Dr. Klaus Zumwinkel, Chairman of the Board of Management at Deutsche Post World Net. "Our decision to build will generate some 10,000 jobs in the region. It's an important contribution we can make toward both stabilizing the labor market and boosting Germany's status as a business location."
If all goes as planned the Leipzig hub will be able to begin operations at the beginning of 2008. The Deutsche Post Group has planned to invest approximately 300 million euros in the new location and will have created some 3,500 job positions by 2012. And as experience shows plenty of jobs are created in the immediate area surrounding such dynamic and globally active business institutions; for the Leipzig regions this means an additional 7,000 jobs.
DHL plans to bolster its position as the leader in the European express market even further with its new Leipzig/Halle air hub. The location in Saxony offers the necessary capacities in terms of flight movements as well as other infrastructure-related issues. The Leipzig/Hall airport is in operation 24 hours a day and meets the requirements for night flights. And this is also secured for the future thanks to today's decision.
According to the Federal Constitutional Court there is indeed a need to expand the commercial Leipzig/Halle airport so as to function as a central hub for air freight which includes night-time operations. The Federal Constitutional Court also confirmed assessments submitted by the authority responsible for the plan approval that in order to handle air traffic volumes it will be necessary to both rotate and lengthen the South runway for take-off and landing.