The Swissport Pharma Center is located in the cargo zone of Machelen. In the central area of the complex, there is room for medicines that have to be stored between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius. The smaller hall on site is considerably colder at a temperature of 2 to 8 degrees.
“Storage at a constant temperature is crucial for medicines. If certain medicines remain on the tarmac for five minutes, they can no longer be used,” explains Eddy De Timmerman, financial director of Swissport Belgium. The Swissport Pharma Center is therefore equipped with special loading docks for trucks, enabling the medicines to be transported to the aircraft without temperature changes.”
“In addition, Swissport invested in the adapted forklifts and pallet trucks, which are only used for the most sensitive medicines. Pharmaceutical pallets are very heavy and need to be rolled onto the plane,” De Timmerman adds.