Introduction

Aena works in order to enhance freight transport activity in the network's airports.

In order to meet the needs of the air freight sector in Spain, in 1994 the public company Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (Aena) created Centros Logísticos Aeroportuarios, S.A. (Clasa), an affiliate company focused on developing and providing air freight infrastructure in the Spanish airports network.

Clasa began operating in Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport in 1994; later, in 1998, it was set up in Barcelona-El Prat Airport, and more recently in Valencia Airport. As well as these three air freight facilities, Clasa has developed infrastructure in many Aena network airports, providing products and services in each of them to contribute to the effectiveness, efficiency, fluidity and quality of air transport of goods and the associated logistics.

Order HAP/583/2012, of 20 March, published in the Agreement of the Council of Ministers on 16 March 2012, led to the merger of Aena and Clasa, and thus to the disappearance of the latter, which transferred all its assets to Aena, S.A.

Today, Aena has taken the reins, with a new, more dynamic approach, and in order to enhance freight transport activity in the network's airports has drafted a Strategic Plan for Air Freight Development, based on three fundamental goals:

  • Detecting business opportunities and driving the development of new air freight routes in Spanish airports.
  • Encouraging goods transport using existing passenger routes.
  • Increasing awareness and positive opinions, locally, nationally and internationally, of Spanish air freight facilities as logistical platforms providing competitive advantages, efficiency and security to companies in the sector.