Cargo activity at Paris-CDG
at the service of health and the economy
While in the context of the Coronavirus-Covid19 pandemic, the decline of air traffic has hit passenger transport badly, the cargo activity at Paris-Charles de Gaulle demonstrates a remarkable capacity for resilience and continues to carry the merchandise that is indispensable to French industry and households for French people.
A fundamental activity for the operation
of the economy and the continuity of the country
of almost all passenger flights
in the current context could have had a major impact
on freight transport capacity
of which travels in the holds of passenger aircraft
in the holds of all-cargo aircraft
). This did not take into account the adaptability of the players in the sector
. Several airlines have adapted their offer with "ferry" aircraft
, i.e. passenger aircraft whose holds are entirely filled with goods.
In effect, the high demand
for the transport of goods by air remains high, particularly for fresh products
and perishable foodstuffs
, manufactured goods
with high added value (luxury goods, parts for industry...), pharmaceutical products
and protective equipment
directly related to the fight against the pandemic (masks, gowns, screening equipment, hydroalcoholic gel). For all these products, rapid delivery by air is a key element.
A strong mobilization between all the actors
In response to the crisis, the entire cargo community at Paris-Charles de Gaulle is working together. Freight forwarders, handlers, airlines and the Customs and Civil Aviation Directorate (DGAC) guarantee the continuity of air freight operations, make operations as fluid as possible and facilitate access to the health products essential to the national fight against the epidemic.
of French air freight transits through Paris-CDG
exclusively dedicated to cargo flights
tonnes of freight and mail
Paris-CDG, Europe's leading cargo airport
Around 90% of French air freight by volume transits through Paris-Charles de Gaulle. In 2019, the airport regained its position as Europe's leading cargo airport with 2.1 million tonnes of freight and mail operated.
In addition, it has a unique "cargo city" with 700,000 m² of buildings (logistics warehouses, sorting centres, freight stations) and 80 aircraft stations dedicated exclusively to cargo flights on 300 hectares of land in a single block.
These major assets thus enable Groupe ADP to implement a strategy focused on the development of new markets and the recovery of French industrial export flows, too often trucked to other European airports.
Interview, in French, of Marc Houalla, Executive Director, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport Managing Director.
Under the leadership of the Groupe ADP, TLF (association of freight forwarders and forwarding agents), SYCAFF (Syndicat des compagnies aériennes de fret en France, i.e. French Freight Airlines Union), Customs, IATA (International Air Transport Association) have joined forces to implement emergency measures in order to ensure a relay of information as well as an effective sensibilisation of the State services with a view to the continuity of cargo activity.