Paris-Vatry cargo volumes continue sliding south

Cargo traffic at the all-cargo Paris-Vatry airport plummeted to around 3,300 tonnes in the first six months of 2010, compared with 14,000 tonnes for the same period last year. The sharp decline in tonnage — when airports around the world are recording, in many cases record growth as the industry recovers from 2009’s devastation — […]


Cargo traffic at the all-cargo Paris-Vatry airport plummeted to around 3,300 tonnes in the first six months of 2010, compared with 14,000 tonnes for the same period last year. The sharp decline in tonnage — when airports around the world are recording, in many cases record growth as the industry recovers from 2009’s devastation — is testimony to the impact of losing its two largest customers.

Both Avient and DHL withdrew from Paris-Vatry last year, sending the airport’s 2009 volumes plummeting by 44.6 per cent to 22,394 tonnes after a record year in 2008. “Avient and DHL quitting Vatry last year was a hammer blow, but we have to move on,” said Gilles Darriau, the new head of Seve, which runs the airport within the framework of a public service concession with Marne Council.

Avient left Vatry for Liège, in Belgium, leaving a simmering dispute with Seve, who claimed Avient had outstanding bills totalling €1.5 million. Although originally headed for court, the two have since settled their dispute out of court. DHL on the other hand, packed up and headed for its new express hub located at Leipzig-Halle in Germany.

“What has been encouraging of late is the benefit we’ve been able to take from the upturn in cargo charter activity over the past couple of months,” he said.