DHL Express has opened a new international hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. The €170 million investment has created a facility ten times larger than the previous site. It is the carrier’s largest investment in Europe in recent years and the biggest ever in France since its arrival in 1976. DHL has also made €80 million worth of other investments in its French infrastructure over the last six years.
DHL Express chief executive John Pearson said the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport is now the fourth largest hub in its European network, after Leipzig, East Midlands and Brussels.
In France and the rest of the world, growth in parcel shipments linked to e-commerce has considerably accelerated due to Covid-19 and is continuing at a very sustained pace in 2021, with DHL Express France increasing its volume by about 8% compared to 2019.
The new facility’s 45 million sorting system can process 38,000 pieces an hour, 15 times more than the previous facility.
It also meets strict environmental criteria, including LED lighting with motion detectors, a sorting system with high-efficiency motors and energy-efficient air conditioning.