WORLDWIDE Flight Services has been awarded IATA CEIV Pharma certification for its new €10m Pharma Centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, for the handling of temperature-controlled healthcare and life science products.
Opened in September 2019, the Centre is the only dedicated facility at the airport – the second largest air cargo gateway in Europe.
Nearly 30 airlines and freight forwarders are already using the centre, which is forecast to handle more than 8000 tonnes of products in 2020.
WFS vice-president cargo Hugo Rodrigues said investing in the Pharma Centre supported their strategy to broaden their product offering by supporting the needs of both airline and forwarding customers.
“Gaining IATA CEIV Pharma certification so soon after opening the Centre recognizes our intention to meet the highest industry standards,” Mr Rodrigues said.
WFS has been investing in pharma handling centres around its global network. In 2019, this included the opening of other facilities in Copenhagen, Johannesburg, Miami and New York JFK.
The WFS Pharma Centre is served by a fleet of temperature-controlled three-pallet trailers and cool dollies as part of WFS’ end-to-end airport handling solution. “It is also equipped with controlled-access and screening, CCTV and alarm systems to ensure 24/7 safety and security, monitored by the company’s Security Operational Centre.”