FedEx Express, a subsidiary of transportation company FedEx Corp., officially inaugurated its new state-of-the-art ramp operation located at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in Carolina.
The opening of the new facility
is part of the company’s plan to increase its operational efficiency and meet
its growing customer demands.
While the investment was no
revealed, in November 2017 this media outlet anticipated
the plans by Aerostar, the operator of the Luis Muñoz Marín Airport, to build a
$7 million complex for the carrier.
“Since we started our operations in Puerto Rico nearly 40 years ago, this market has been instrumental in our growth and success in the region,” said Basil Khalil, vice president of Operations of Puerto Rico, Caribbean and Central America, FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division.
“The opening of our new FedEx
Express San Juan Airport ramp is another milestone toward our commitment to
strengthening our infrastructure while providing our customers in Puerto Rico
and the Caribbean enhanced services and greater connectivity to the global
market,” he said.
The 70,000-square-foot facility
integrates delivery, pick-up and air operations under one roof. Sorting
capacity is up to 2,400 packages per hour, and 14 truck-loading docks enable
rapid movement of freight across the different modes of transportation.
All of the enhancements enable
the company to respond more quickly and efficiently to the needs of its
customers, the executive said.
The complex, built to suit
FedEx specifications, will be equipped with refrigerated and
temperature-controlled capabilities to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical and
healthcare industries, main sectors in the economy of Puerto Rico.
The new ramp, which replaces
the former FedEx facility, allows for better aircraft positioning to facilitate
on-time departures and same-business-day services, including those available to
St. Thomas and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Following Hurricane Maria in
2017, FedEx sent more than 100 relief flights to Puerto Rico, delivering more
than 12.8 million pounds of medicines, hygiene kits, water and other supplies.