Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has invested €10 million in a new
Pharma Centre to expand its range of services for airline and
freight forwarder customers at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
The investment also includes equipment and supplies for the next
The Pharma Centre offers both landside and airside
acceptance capabilities and will be fully GDP compliant when it
opens next month.
It will also become IATA CEIV Pharma certified, as part of
an initiative launched by Group ADP within the cargo community at
Paris-CDG Airport to fully support WFS’ dedicated
temperature-controlled service to maintain strict control of the
distribution chain, therefore protecting the quality and integrity
of healthcare and life science products.
The 2,400 m² dedicated space, located in the
heart of CDG airport’s cargo area, has its own docks and
manoeuvring area for the loading and unloading of
temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments. The facility
- A dedicated room for loose cargo storage at
+15-+25°C with a capacity for 108 euro-pallets on four levels of
- A dedicated cold room for loose cargo storage at
+2-+8°C with the capacity to store 47 euro-pallets on the ground,
and with additional racking also available.
- A small freezing
room for loose cargo storage at -20°C capable of handling 9
euro-pallets at a time.
- Two temperature-controlled areas for
+2 to +25°C for cargo unit load devices with a combined capacity
to store 53 P2P or 106 AKE pallets.
WFS is also investing
in new digital technology systems to improve operational
efficiency and shipment visibility. A new warehouse management
system supports the use of barcode scanning for real-time
storage capacity monitoring and management. This will ensure
constant tracking of shipments 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 enable
this information to be accessed on mobile devices.
Designed with flexibility to adjust capacity on
demand, the WFS Pharma Centre is served by exclusively-designed
three-pallet trailers and cool dollies as part of WFS’ end-to-end
airport handling solution and works in accordance with the strict
temperature requirements for specific pharmaceutical product
The controlled-access Pharma Centre is also equipped
with modern screening, CCTV control and alarm systems, and is monitored
24/7 by WFS’ Security Operational Centre.
The facility also
reflects the company’s environmental commitment with its
investment in an all-electric fleet of forklifts and pallet trucks
as well as a robust plastic and wood waste recycling programme.
Hugo Rodrigues, Vice President Cargo France at WFS,
said, “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. 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. 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. 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.”
This latest investment follows the
opening of WFS pharma facilities in Copenhagen, Johannesburg and