Hong Kong and Paris CDG airports to work closer to develop air cargo

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) and Groupe ADP yesterday signed two memorandums of understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation in air cargo development, airport management, and aviation development.

At present an average of 44 flights operate between HKIA and CDG every week. In 2017, they carried more than 480,000 passengers and 39,700 tonnes of cargo between the two cities.

As part of the MoUs, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport will work together on a range of issues. They were signed by AAHK chief executive officer (CEO), Fred Lam, and Groupe ADP chairman and CEO, Augustin de Romanet at the Paris Air Forum.

The MOU on air cargo development aims to strengthen the cooperation between HKIA and CDG, as well as between Asia and Europe. It targets to promote and facilitate the transport of fast-growing cargo segments such as e-commerce, temperature-controlled goods as well as luxury products.

Both airports will share experience, best practices and information of common interest to enhance safety, security, reliability and efficiency of air cargo development. The two airports have also attained IATA CEIV Pharma certification, a global standard on competency and preparedness in handling pharmaceuticals.

Lam said: “We are delighted to strengthen our connection with Paris CDG Airport, which is a key European hub and one of the world’s busiest airports. Through this collaboration, we hope to construct a mutually beneficial partnership that will help both parties continuously enhance airport operations and development in various areas.

“I believe that by sharing experiences and working together hand in hand, we can offer even better airport experiences and services to our respective passengers and the logistics sectors, as well as elevate the competitiveness of our airports.”

Under the MOU on airport management and aviation development, the two airports will cooperate to improve performance in efficiency, safety, security, quality and environmental protection.

They also agreed to enhance network connectivity and share experiences through a staff exchange programme to further support talent development. Both airports will also explore opportunities to join forces in Mainland China.

De Romanet said: “Groupe ADP is proud to announce today a global partnership between Paris CDG Airport and HKIA: two of the most prominent airports in Europe and in Asia. By sharing their experiences and best practices as well as exchanging staff, we will definitely increase our performances in terms of quality of service, productivity, safety, security and environment protection.

“We are also very proud to partner with HKIA on the development of aviation industry talents and to explore new opportunity in Mainland China. On cargo, each airport will benefit for best practices and from developments of high value activities such as luxury products and e-commerce.”