General Council of Marne Project initiator :
Paris-Vatry Airport was launched as a development project in 1992 by the General Council of Marne and commissioned with the challenging mandate of serving as an interface for various modes of transport. Paris-Vatry Airport has succeeded in positioning itself as the solution of choice for rapid growth in logistics and, more specifically, for international cargo traffic. Thirty months of work were required to see the completion of the building site in 1997, from excavation to construction of the control tower and installation of aeronautical equipment. As owner of and contracting authority for the project, the General Council of Marne remains firmly committed to the development of Paris-Vatry Airport.
Regional backing for the project includes :
- Regional Council of Champagne-Ardenne, which financed flight navigation systems
- Châlons-en-Champagne Urban Community, which financed the cargo terminal
- Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Reims, Épernay, Châlons-en Champagne and Troyes
- Employment and training institutions (National Employment Agency of France (ANPE) and local universities)
Several key dates :
- >1967 American forces abandon the former NATO military base.
- >1970s Terminal built for air taxi and charter services by Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Châlons-en Champagne
- >1992 Project launched and SEM set up.
- >1998 In August, Air Liquide Welding becomes the first company to set up in the business park. In December, the service protocol assigning operating authority to SEVE is signed.
- >1998 In December, the service protocol assigning operating authority to SEVE is signed.
- >1999 In December, work on infrastructure is completed.
- >2000 On the 31st of March, airport operations are launched under the authority of SEVE
To finance the airport complex, which required investment in excess of euros 150 million, the General Council floated a bond in the amount of euros 30.5 million in October 1998, with 30% reserved for regional investors. Several regional financial institutions joined in this innovative project managed by CDC MARCHES.
These institutions included as follows : SNVB, Caisse d’Épargne, Crédit Agricole Nord-Est, Banque Populaire de Champagne and the Public Revenue Office.
Services offered :
Paris-Vatry offers exceptional quality airport facilities.
A Category A airport, it can accommodate wide-body freighters of all sizes without the hassle of operating restrictions
- Round-the-clock service availability
- Runway measures 3860 m x 45 m
- Apron measures 90 000 m” in area
- Six quick-exit lanes for optimal efficiency
- ILS categories I and III
- A 4,200 m” cargo terminal equipped to provide for the storage of perishable goods under controlled temperature conditions
- A 8,250 m” cargo terminal equipped with four palletisation pits and 12 loading bays including 2 dedicated to the swift transit of already completed pallets
- Dedicated cargo and ground handling
- Modular electronic logistics and warehouse information system (ELWIS) for optimal cargo flow management
- Border Inspection Post for Europe
- Certified phytosanitary EU Point of Entry
- Customs clearance/phytosanitary and veterinary controls available 24/7
- A passengers terminal