Marseille-Provence flies high with express

Marseille-Provence airport has posted record air cargo growth for the fourth consecutive year, due largely to continued growth in express shipments. The southern France hub handled a total of 53,000 tonnes of traffic last year, up 1.6 per cent on 2010, with express freight accounting for 46,333 tonnes (up 3.2 per cent).


Marseille-Provence flies high with express


Marseille-Provence airport has posted record air cargo growth for the fourth consecutive year, due largely to continued growth in express shipments. The southern France hub handled a total of 53,000 tonnes of traffic last year, up 1.6 per cent on 2010, with express freight accounting for 46,333 tonnes (up 3.2 per cent).

Among express operators, TNT led the way, transporting 11,170 tonnes of traffic (up 6.8 per cent) on its services linking Marseille with Paris and Liège. At the end of 2010, the French post office’s express arm, Chronopost, launched a Marseille- Rennes, service which generated 1,846 tonnes of air freight last year, and UPS and DHL also operate regular services to and from Marseille. The growth in air cargo traffic also reflects Marseille’s emergence as a western Mediterranean express hub serving North Africa.

Marseille’s cargo charter activity was buoyant in 2011 and included around 10 AN-124 flights on behalf of helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter.