Hong Kong and Paris airports sign MOU

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) and Groupe ADP of France have signed two memorandums of understanding (MOU) on strengthening cooperation between Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in airport management, aviation development and air cargo development.
The two MOUs on airport management and aviation development, and cargo development were signed by Fred Lam, AAHK chief executive, and Augustin de Romanet, chairman and chief executive of Groupe ADP, at the Paris Air Forum.
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.”
De Romanet said that two of the "most prominent airports" in Europe and in Asia will share their experiences and best practices, as well as exchanging staff.
He added: "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.”
Currently, an average of 44 flights fly between HKIA and CDG every week. In 2017, these flights carried more than 480,000 passengers and 39,700 tonnes of cargo between the two cities.
A joint statement stated: "The MOU on air cargo development aims to strengthen the co-operation 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."
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