Worldwide Flight Services opens Paris pharma site

Paris, France: Worldwide Flight Services is spending €10m on a new air freight pharmaceutical centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Opening in September, it will be the only facility owned by a ground handler dedicated to pharmaceuticals at Paris Charles de Gaulle, the company says.

Worldwide Flight ServicesThis latest investment follows the opening of WFS pharma sites in Copenhagen, Johannesburg, and Miami.

The Pharma Centre offers landside and airside acceptance capabilities and will be GDP compliant. 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 2,400m² dedicated space has its own docks and manoeuvring area for the loading and unloading of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments.

Worldwide Flight Services is also installing 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, the company says.

The Worldwide Flight Services pharma centre is served by temperature-controlled three-pallet trailers and cool dollies as part of its end-to-end airport handling solution and works in accordance with temperature requirements for specific pharmaceutical product groups.

Hugo Rodrigues, vice president cargo France, WFS

Hugo Rodrigues, vice president cargo France, 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.”


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