DHL Heathrow hub

DHL Supply Chain is to spend £8.8m on a new shared user hub at Heathrow airport for its airline catering contracts.

The new hub will provide procurement and sourcing services, menu development, food assembly and final mile delivery to aircraft, as well as an integrated specialist-recycling centre, for DHL’s £40m per annum airline catering contracts.

Paul Richardson, MD of specialist services at DHL Supply Chain, said: “This investment builds on our successful flight assembly operation for British Airways, which sees over 80,000 flights serviced and 14 million meals prepared per year.

“We believe the time is right to leverage our infrastructure and expertise to offer other airlines the opportunity to improve cost control, while reducing the environmental impact of their supply chains,” he added.

The Heathrow site is scheduled to open early next year.