Air cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has announced it is investing in a new €10 million Pharma Centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).
The centre, which is opening in September 2019, will be the only facility owned by a ground handler dedicated to pharmaceuticals at the airport.
“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 this demand,” said Hugo Rodrigues, Vice President Cargo France at WFS.
“WFS also has a vital role to play in helping our customers deliver the quality of service they have promised and in ensuring we consistently perform to the high standards required for sensitive, temperature-controlled cargoes to protect their integrity throughout the cool chain.”
The Paris facility is the latest in a line of pharma centres unveiled by WFS, following the opening of facilities in Copenhagen, Johannesburg and Miami.
Due to an initiative launched by Group ADP within the cargo community at Paris-CDG Airport, the new centre will become IATA CEIV Pharma certified, which WFS said would protect the quality and integrity of healthcare and life science products.
“At a major air cargo gateway like Paris CDG, we believe it is incumbent on ground handlers to invest in the right equipment to handle pharma products,” said Rodrigues.
“Once again, this demonstrates WFS’ willingness to invest in new, state-of-the-art facilities when we see opportunities to benefit our customers and our own business.”