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FranceReport Capital gateway keeps top air freight spot


Anne Frisch, operations direc- tor at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, notes that operator Aéroports de Paris (AdP) – which also runs the Paris Orly gateway – saw a decline of 3.8 percent in its throughput last year. At 2,405,622 tonnes, traffic in 2011 was down on the record highs seen in 2010. Frisch admitted: “The


results for January and Febru- ary are not yet showing significant signs of an uptick in activity; this is in line with IATA’s forecast for 2012 and the difficult economic environment. These falling results should not mask the fact that Paris Charles de Gaulle remains the top freight airport in Europe, ahead of its main rivals: Amsterdam, Heathrow and Frankfurt.” Among recent developments at the gateway, a B747-8F belonging to Russian carrier Air-


BridgeCargo touched down in Paris on 17 March. Having been certified by the French civil aviation authority to handle this aircraft type, Charles de Gaulle is one of a limited number of air- ports in the world able to accommodate the new large freighter. Also recently: “Work on the construction of a new warehouse began in November 2011 and


completion is scheduled for the end of 2012,” Frisch confirmed. She said the facility will have air- side access, with 13,500m2


of warehouse and 4,300m2 100,000 tonnes it will be used by Kuehne + Nagel and Worldwide Flight Services (WFS). ECS sees ‘strong network development’


According to Adrien Thominet, chief operating officer at Paris- headquartered ECS Group, the GSA saw its turnover rise by 28 percent last year in comparison to 2010. He summed up 2011 as “pretty good”, noting new branches in Hong Kong and India as well as highlighting sev- eral new customers. So far this year: “We have


gained the SAS contract for France, Avient for France, Cen- turion for Germany, Saudi in France and Royal Jordanian in Austria.” For the future, Thominet


should be achieved through acquisitions before mid-year,” he confirmed. “We have also just set up our own airline based in Africa in Niger, named NAC, which received its air operating certificate a few weeks ago.” Although air cargo demand


on routes to Africa, the Middle East and China is looking posi- tive, there are still hurdles to be overcome. “Airlines are facing huge con-


said that ECS is working hard on plans to enlarge its network, whether by set- ting up its own branches or through other means. “We expect to have strong network develop- ment in China and Latin America, which


Thominet points to China and Latin America


straints on cost control and improving their revenues and yields; they then put a lot of pressure to ensure maximum efficiency of the GSA, knowing


that the market is very uncertain in 2012. “ECS is trying to provide maximum guaran-


tees to airlines in terms of results and services – and a lot of trust, which is key in our relation- ships,” Thominet concluded.


Yangtze River launches B747F flights to Vatry


On 3 April, a B747-400 freighter flight operated by Yangtze River Express will touch down at Paris Vatry air- port – the first time the carrier will have flown to France. According to Youri Busaan,


deputy general manager at the airport, the three times a week services will start in Shanghai, making stops at Chengdu and Prague before reaching Paris. “We expect these flights


will be a start for us in connecting to other destinations, serving not only the Parisian market or the French market but also using Vatry as a distribution point for other places in Europe,” he said, noting that the services aim to capitalise on the inland movement of production in China.


Cargo keeps rising at Toulouse as airport adds more routes


Toulouse-Blagnac airport in south-western France has reported a slight rise in its freight and mail throughput for February. Total traffic reached 4,814 tonnes, up by 0.7


percent on the same month of 2011. Following on from January’s positive result, the February figure meant that the gateway’s


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cargo throughput for the first two months of this year rose by 2.3 percent to 10,070 tonnes. Toulouse has also published its summer pro-


gramme for 2012, which includes 14 new destinations and will give the gateway “a new dimension” according to Jean-Michel Vernhes, chairman of the board.


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