In July 1974 – 45 years ago – Germany hosted the World Cup for the first time. The undertaking was crowned with a win by the German team in Munich's Olympic Stadium. At almost the same time and just a few kilometers away, another success story was getting started. At Munich Airport, "Muc Air Services Gesellschaft für Luftverkehrsabfertigung mbH" was established as a 100% subsidiary of Flughafen München GmbH (FMG), the airport's operating company. In 1999, Muc Air was reincorporated as Cargogate. Over the past 45 years, the company has grown from 14 employees to more than 200 at present. Speaking at the anniversary celebration, Claudia Weidenbusch, the managing director of Cargogate, said: "We're looking forward to another 45 years because cargo has a future and the worldwide exchange of goods is an important factor in the globalization of markets."
As the largest airfreight handling company in Munich, Cargogate currently processes around one third of the freight passing through Munich Airport. The handling orders could hardly be more diverse – from beverage bottling equipment exported from Bavaria to vegetables flown in from Asia, or from heavy machine components to delicate microchips or the glass facade for a new Apple Store – or even the communications satellite recently shipped for the ESA space agency. With a 20,000 square meter storage facility, Cargogate offers customers an extensive range of ex-warehouse services, including: receiving, sorting, break-bulk and consolidation, handover of cargo, as well as customs clearance and hazardous goods formalities. Cargogate is the only airfreight handler at Munich Airport with the infrastructure needed for proper handling of special cargo. Along with tailor-made infrastructure, spacious cooling rooms and GDP-certified storage of pharmaceutical products, Cargogate scores points for the short journeys covered by goods during handling and its efficient processes.
"The relentless rise of digital sales channels will also help to boost growth of analog airfreight services in the future," says Thomas Weyer, the CFO and Director of Infrastructure at Munich Airport. "We're fortunate as an airport operating company to have a professional and efficient subsidiary like Cargogate that ensures, with its outstanding competence and strong customer focus, that everything keeps moving at Munich Airport," said Mr. Weyer in his speech honoring Cargogate's anniversary.