Paris-Vatry reverses cargo decline

Paris-Vatry Airport has witnessed a change in fortunes with reversal of the dramatic decline in its cargo tonnage since 2009 when it lost key customers DHL and cargo airline Avient. In 2011 it handled 8,372 tonnes of air freight, an increase of just over six per cent compared with 2010.


Paris-Vatry reverses cargo decline


Paris-Vatry Airport has witnessed a change in fortunes with reversal of the dramatic decline in its cargo tonnage since 2009 when it lost key customers DHL and cargo airline Avient. In 2011 it handled 8,372 tonnes of air freight, an increase of just over six per cent compared with 2010.

Although it pales in comparison to its highest recorded annual volumes in 2008 of 42,000 tonnes, it is none-the-less a welcome development for the airport. Things are looking brighter going forward with Chinese cargo carrier, Yangstze River Express, beginning a new service to Vatry from end-March. A subsidiary of Hainan Airlines, Yangstze River Express will operate a thrice-weekly B747F cargo service to Paris-Vatry from Chengdu via Shanghai, carrying mainly computers and other electronic goods destined for European markets.

Part of Paris-Vatry’s 2011 recovery was a result of it serving as an airbridge for charter flights to Tunisia, transporting automotive parts, which amounted to nearly 600 tonnes over the six weeks to the end of February. The airport had hoped to reach the 10,000 tonne mark, but the slowdown in the third quarter put paid that idea.

This year the airport is aiming for 25,000 tonnes based largely on scheduled cargo services, particularly the new China service and ongoing charter services. Looking to attract new business, the airport is targeting ad hoc flights from Russia and is also looking to open scheduled services with Africa and South America.