Cargo buildings in the immediate vicinity of aircraft areas total around sqm 500,000. The cargo area has 76 dedicated aircraft stands and is located in two large geographic zones:
• north-west zone: the European hub of Fedex and the Air France aircraft maintenance area.
The cargo areas (buildings and infrastructure) are organised to ensure activities are divided into three specialist sections. This is because, depending on their purpose, buildings are usually located more or less close to traffic areas. Physically, the first section includes all the buildings straddling the public/restricted areas:
• airside section one: all the buildings with access to the restricted area that handle air cargo directly on the aircraft. This section includes all the airlines, express shippers and handling agents. In 2007 at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Groupe ADP built and opened a sqm 22,000 cargo station handling around 140,000 tons of cargo a year.
• landside section one: all other buildings in the first section and all facilities that do not have direct access to aircraft.
• section two: all facilities handling cargo that is not loaded directly onto aircraft and that are located entirely in the public area. Cargo handled in these buildings therefore first goes through an airside section one facility before being loaded onto aircraft.
• section three: all service buildings in the cargo area.
The cargo strategy at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport has two main thrusts:
• support for the expansion of express cargo traffic primarily by continuing the extension of the FedEx hub (4 additional aircraft stands)
• consolidating the airport's position as European cargo leader by expanding, through investment in new projects, airside section one with the completion of a sqm 18,000 cargo station in 2012 and two warehouses in 2012 and 2013 offering a total sqm 25,000.