Dynamic flow of goods to the rhythm of the global economy

DB Schenker is one of the strongest transport sector companies in Region Leipzig.

Since the arrival of DHL Express at Leipzig Halle Airport, Region Leipzig has developed into a logistics hub of global importance.  
Leipzig Halle Airport lies at the heart of this momentum. With eight years of uninterrupted growth and a freight volume of almost 900,000 tonnes in 2013, the airport now ranks second in Germany and fifth in Europe. The airport's key benefit, besides the two parallel runways each 3600 m in length, is the unrestricted 24-hour operation for express air freight, which has also been secured for the long term.

This is where DHL operates its Europe hub with around 60 connections every day, including numerous intercontinental routes. One section is controlled together with the cargo airline Aerologic, which is based at the airport and is operated by Lufthansa Cargo. An international coalition of states also operates a base for large capacity AN-124 transport aircraft, the largest series cargo carrier in the world. In addition, Volga Dnepr has now established a maintenance base for its entire fleet as well as for other customers. The cargo carrier European Air Transport, a subsidiary of DHL, also operates a maintenance hangar for the fleet stationed in Leipzig. The outstanding connection to these express services has attracted a range of companies, such as the medical technology specialist Medtronic (CEVA) and and forwarders of components Future Electronics.

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Sector focal points

  • Road- and rail-bound modalities can also rely on a modern and well-developed transport infrastructure. The Schkeuditzer interchange is where the six-lane motorways running from Berlin-Munich and Breslau/Prague-Hanover meet. Motorways to Göttingen and Chemnitz have also recently been constructed. These routes all have a below-average risk of traffic jams and the bridges are capable of supporting heavy loads without restriction. The rail connection boasts several established routes for high-speed transport with a short one-hour travel time from Leipzig to Berlin.  
  • The commissioning of additional routes along the north-south growth axis to Erfurt (Frankfurt/Main) will follow at the end of 2015 and at the end of 2017 (Munich). Numerous other important regions such as Dresden, Halle and Chemnitz are also easily accessible. The trimodal logistics centre (road/rail/air) is ranked number one among comparable handling centres across the entire Central German economic area. As a result of the high demand, particularly due to the development of the Porsche factory, the original area of 500 hectares has been expanded numerous times and has virtually reached its capacity. The capacity of the container loading terminal of 100,000 TEU per annum is expected to be increased by another module. Block trains depart for Verona, Duisburg and the German seaports on a daily basis.
  • Presence of various categories of logistics companies with different profiles
  • Provision of specialist logistics solutions for the flow of goods from newly arrived companies  
  • Second-largest German intercontinental freight airport with 24-hour operation and direct connection to the Deutsche Bahn rail network
  • University of Leipzig and Leipzig Graduate School of Management with various education and research focus areas in the area of logistics
  • Leipzig Halle Airport provides frequent connections to the global air transport network for Region Leipzig and all of Central Germany. On 31 December 2013, 131 companies with a total of 6,233 employees were located at Leipzig Halle Airport. This highlights the airport's position as an important job creator. The boost in employment of 2.9 percent in 2013 was primarily due to the areas of freight handling and aircraft services.


In the summer of 2013, the Information Systems Institute at the University of Leipzig established Germany's first Logistics Living Lab. This is an important component of the "Logistics Service Engineering and Management" (LSEM) innovation transfer project by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and is primarily focussed on complex logistics services. As is usually the case for individual participants along a goods supply chain, the main challenge for the Logistics Living Lab – which also includes a junior professorship – is the integration of various IT infrastructures.


Netzwerk Logistik Leipzig-Halle e.V.


Invest Region Leipzig GmbH

Managing Director Michael Körner
Markt 9, 04109 Leipzig
Tel.: +49 341 268277-70
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Chairman of the Board of Partners
District Mayor Burkhard Jung
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Mayor Uwe Albrecht

A subsidiary of the city of Leipzig, Leipzig Chamber of Commerce and
Industry and the district authorities of North Saxony and Leipzig.