Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport- Taking cargo aviation to a new level
Located 25 km from Paris, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, with nine terminals is Europe’s largest airport site covering 3,257 hectares. The area it covers, is almost one third of Paris. In conversation with Augustin de Romanet, CIO of Aéroports de Paris,
About the Paris Airport
There are 9 Terminals at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. The airport’s iconic Terminal 1, commissioned in 1974 and now totally refurbished, caters for both international and Schengen airline services. It mainly hosts Star alliance members. Terminal 2 (A-B-C-D-EF-G) also caters for both international and Schengen airline services. Air France and a major part of its Skyteam alliance partners have pooled their activities in terminals 2E, 2F and 2G. Oneworld alliance members operate their flights from terminals A, C and D. The Terminal 3 welcomes mainly the charter traffic and low-cost companies.
Aéroports de Paris provides many free services for all passengers such as PlayStation video games consoles, sound corners, a museum area, work areas, rest areas, play areas dedicated to children,
changing stations, many apps ( My Way, My Airport…), and gives special attention to passengers with reduced mobility (lowered information counters, dedicated parking spaces equipped with a courtesy telephone, free assistance…).
Environmental and Sustainable Development practices of the airport Aéroports de Paris intends to reduce its 25 per cent CO² emissions by 2015 compared to 2009 and to reach 15 per cent of sustainable energy for its final internal consumption in 2015. Aéroports de Paris has already deployed several large scale projects:
• At Paris- Orly Airport: Put into service in 2011 a geothermal power plant which covers 100 per cent requirements for heat of terminals.
• Aéroports de Paris received its first electric vehicle in 2012 and plans to acquire 20 electric vehicles by 2015.
In 2012, the ParisCharles de Gaulle handled 2.15 million tonnes for Paris-Charles de Gaulle. In 2011,
with 2.30 million tonnes, these figures ranked Paris-Charles de Gaulle as the no. 1 in Europe and the sixth
Augustin de Romanet
CIO of Aéroports de Paris
• In 2012, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport commissioned a wood-fuelled heating system that prevents 18,000 tonnes of CO emissions per year. It covers 25 per
² cent of the heat requirements for ParisCharles de Gaulle Airport.
In 2013, the airport commissioned a photovoltaic plant or ‘solar farm’. This ‘ground based’ 4,000 sqm solar power plant
makes it possible to generate 157 MWh of electricity per year that feed directly into the Aéroports de Paris network. This facility allows savings of 7 tonnes of CO² per year.
The impact of these equipment is strengthened by an important program of energy savings which concerns the lighting of runways, terminals and computing equipment. Due to these efforts, in September 2013, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport was awarded level 3 of ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation Program.
Besides this energy transition, Aéroports de Paris leads other actions in favour of sustainable development such as a storm water treatment plant, a composting station, installation of hives, installation of botanical garden, a ‘ filter marsh’ for the treatment of storm-water run-off, etc.
Since its introduction to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in 1996 in cooperation with Air France, the hub system that routes short- and medium-haul traffic flows to long-haul flights has come into its own, and now constitutes one of the Paris airport’s most important competitive advantages. It has helped Paris-Charles de Gaulle to become Europe’s leading hub airport, with more than 25,000 connecting flights every week with transfer times below two hours. The hub has enabled the airport to accommodate an increasing number of jumbo and superjumbo aircraft, at the same time achieving rapid growth in intercontinental traffic. The airline industry is now consolidating around three major alliances focussed on a restricted number of international airports. This is the contextual background to the recent decision of ParisCharles de Gaulle Airport’s main competitors - London Heathrow and Frankfurt – to bring forward plans for the construction of new runways and new terminals.
Most of the major international airlines – including Sky Team, Star Alliance and Oneworld alliance members – operate out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as do the main international cargo carriers. It is the global headquarters for Air France-KLM, the main hub for Skyteam, and the European hub for Fedex and La Poste.
In 2012, the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports handled a total of 2.26 million tonnes of cargo, of which 2.15 mn tonnes for Paris-Charles de Gaulle. In 2011, with 2.30 mn tonnes, these figures ranked Paris-Charles de Gaulle as the no. 1 in Europe and the sixth worldwide.