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The DHL Hub Leipzig is a place of superlatives: 87,000 square meters of terminal space, 150,000 packages per hour, 46.6 kilometers of sorting system, 21,600 square meters of office space, 140 apprentices, more than 6,000 employees and 23,600 aircraft movements per year. Pure fascination with logistics. To ensure that every shipment is delivered to our customer as quickly, safely and punctually as possible, you need breathtaking teamwork and absolute precision.

The way of the shipment

Since the core of our business is to deliver shipments to their destination the following day, the cargo has to be handled at hubs at night. Express freight is dependent on the so-called "night jump". Without a 24-hour operation, a hub for express freight cannot be operated.

What happens to a package that the customer sends? How often is it offloaded and reloaded? The overview shows the different stations within the process chain from pick-up to delivery. When a shipment arrives at the DHL Hub in Leipzig, it takes  only two hours on average to be unloaded, re-sorted and loaded back into the aircraft.

The Milestones

It is a Central German success story: For over ten years, the global company DHL has been represented at Leipzig/Halle Airport with its European air freight hub. It is the world's largest hub of the group.

The past few years have been characterized by continuous development: We are constantly renewing our fleet and in October 2016 we inaugurated the new sorting terminals with the most modern technology. Read more about the milestones in the overview.


Opening of the DHL Hub Leipzig.

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Our airline European Air Transport Leipzig Ltd. receives the operating licence.

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We welcome our 3,500th and 3,501th colleague.

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We celebrate our 5th anniversary at the BELANTIS theme park.

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The ground-breaking ceremony for the hub expansion.

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We are partner of the 1,000th anniversary of the city of Leipzig.

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We take our expansion into operation.

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We start a partnership with the Handball Bundesliga team SC DHfK.

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10 years DHL Hub Leipzig. We celebrate with more than 5,700 colleagues.

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  • It only took about two years to build the world's largest and most modern hub in DHL's express network outside the city of Leipzig. Originally planned for autumn, the commissioning of the hub was brought forward to spring. At the end of May, CEO Frank Appel officially inaugurated the hub. Among the prominent guests at the opening were the former ministers Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Wolfgang Tiefensee and Saxony's former prime minister Dr. Georg Milbradt.

  • EAT has been carrying out the maintenance of aircraft since 2008 - now the company also receives the official approval as a German airline. The "Airline Operator Certificate" (AOC) represents the last step for the relocation of the European DHL air traffic service from Brussels to Leipzig, which began in November 2007. Eleven Boeing 757 aircraft initially belong to the fleet.

  • The DHL Hub Leipzig fulfills its promise to the region and welcomes the 3,500th and the 3,501th employees. The DHL location is growing not only in terms of personnel, but also in the high-bay warehouse, which is commissioned in the same year. On an area of approximately 2,600 square meters, aircraft containers can be automatically arranged and stored on 730 spaces. This happens on six superimposed levels.

  • On the company's fifth anniversary, the employees celebrate together with family members and friends at the BELANTIS theme park. The absolute highlight of the family celebration is the air show of a Boeing 757 and an Airbus A300-600. The latter is also an important support for the network. The completed renewal of the Airbus fleet is therefore a significant milestone. "The modernization of the aircraft fleet is helping to steadily improve the CO2 efficiency of the Deutsche Post DHL Group," said Markus Otto, CEO of European Air Transport Leipzig GmbH, in a press statement.

  • Increasing shipment numbers and the central importance in the entire DHL Express network allow Leipzig to grow further. In April of the same year, the first sod is cut for the expansion of the DHL Hub Leipzig.

  • As a visible sign of our ties to the city of Leipzig, one of our freighters is emblazoned with a three-by-two-meter jubilee logo. True to our motto 'Moving across the world but committed to the region.' we take the city of Leipzig's anniversary as an opportunity to draw attention to our homeland throughout Europe.

  • The DHL Hub Leipzig officially commissions the new sorting terminals in the presence of numerous guests. Thanks to the state-of-the-art sorting system, even bulky and heavy shipments can now be handled fully automatically. The investments to expand the European hub have paid off. Our sorting capacity increases to 150,000 shipments per hour. With its unique addition the DHL Hub Leipzig will continue to secure its place as the world's largest and most modern air freight hub, providing a safe workplace for 1,300 new colleagues.

  • With the start of the 2017/18 season, DHL is the new jersey sponsor and gold partner of the SC DHfK handball team. "Both at the SC DHfK and the DHL Hub Leipzig, it is all about the passionate and purposeful team performance, to which we owe our successes. Precision and speed determine the actions of both teams," says Ralph Wondrak, CEO of DHL Hub Leipzig. In particular, we take care of the youth and promote the teams as well as the DHL LE Open tournament.

  • It is a Central German success story that is celebrated accordingly: For exactly ten years, the global company DHL has been represented at Leipzig / Halle Airport with its European air freight hub. We celebrate our 10th birthday with all employees and their families and friends in the BELANTIS theme park. In addition, we invited 1,300 citizens from Central Germany to an exclusive festival concert of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Finally, the official anniversary celebration with representatives from business and politics and many friends and partners of the DHL Hub takes place in the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, including the prime ministers of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt: Michael Kretschmer and Dr. Reiner Haseloff.