Introduction

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

In 1994, in order to cater to the needs of the Spanish Air Freight Sector, the public organisation Aena (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation) created Clasa (Airport Logistics Centres), a subsidiary company focused on the promotion and development of infrastructures for cargo in the Spanish airport network.

Clasa began its involvement with the development of the Air Cargo Centre at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport in 1994; later, in 1998, it developed the Barcelona-El Prat freight centre and, in 2004, the Valencia airport freight centre. 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 that contribute to the effectiveness, efficiency, fluidity and quality of the transportation 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. 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.
  • Increasing awareness and positive feedback, locally, nationally and internationally, of Spanish air freight facilities as logistical platforms that provide competitive advantages, efficiency and security to companies in the sector.
  • Improving the competitiveness of those Spanish airports with greater cargo activity in terms of their infrastructures and services.