WFS to invest €10m in new Pharma Centre at Paris CDG Airport

Worldwide Flight Services pharma CDG

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) will invest €10m in a new Good Distribution Practice (GDP) compliant Pharma Centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport to expand its services for airline and freight forwarder customers. This investment follows the opening of WFS pharma facilities in Copenhagen, Johannesburg and Miami. Earlier in the year, WFS also opened a pharma facility in JFK airport in partnership with Swiss WorldCargo.  

According to the company, the new facility is the only one owned by a ground handler and dedicated to pharmaceuticals at the CDG airport. WFS aims at achieving a strategic advantage in the air cargo handling market by offering stronger and more competitive services.

The WFS Pharma Centre, offering both landside and airside acceptance capabilities, is served by temperature-controlled three-pallet trailers and cool dollies solution and works according to temperature requirements for specific pharmaceutical product groups.

The 2,400 sq m centre has its own docks and manoeuvring area for the loading and unloading of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments. The facility provides:

  • A dedicated room for loose cargo storage at +15 to +25°C with a capacity for 108 euro-pallets.
  • A dedicated cold room for loose cargo storage at +2 to +8°C with the capacity to store 47 euro-pallets on the ground and featuring additional racking.
  • A small freezing room for loose cargo storage at -20°C capable of handling nine euro-pallets at a time.
  • Two temperature-controlled areas for +2 to +25 for cargo unit load devices with a combined capacity to store 53 P2P or 106 AKE pallets.

WFS is also investing in digital systems including a warehouse management system (WMS) featuring barcode scanning. This will ensure shipments tracking from the Pharma Centre to and from aircraft with time and date statements available on demand. A temperature-monitoring solution with a Cloud platform will collect temperature and humidity data in real-time via sensors, and it will make the information available on mobile devices. The company has also invested in an electric fleet of forklifts and pallet trucks.

The Pharma Centre will be operated by pharmaceutical handling specialists, who are IATA CEIV trained. The centre will become IATA CEIV Pharma certified, as part of an initiative launched by Group ADP within the cargo community at CDG Airport, to support WFS’ temperature-controlled service.

Hugo Rodrigues, Vice President Cargo France at WFS, commented: “Pharmaceuticals continue to be one of the fastest-growing air cargo products and our airline customers have responded to this opportunity with dedicated products and services to meet demand. At a major air cargo gateway like Paris CDG, we believe that ground handlers must invest in the right equipment to handle pharma products.”

Source: Worldwide Flight Services