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,

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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.

Sky Team

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.

Cargo Ca­pac­ity

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.

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