What does it mean and does it exist ?
Basically, 5 criteria define this category of airports :
capable to accommodate and handle any type of aircraft and cargo (general cargo, perishable, hazmat, oversized, high value…) in safe and secured conditions
Open 24/7, with no curfew, no night restrictions, with high-speed turnarounds, so as to maximize the use of the aircraft, which is profitable when in the air
Low costs when it deals with landing fees, technical assistance, cargo handling, parking, Jet A1…, so as to reduce the cost of the stop
Offering, on site, all related services : 24/7 customs, veterinarian and phytosanitarian services, freight forwarders, trucking companies…, with all the appropriate administrative certifications (live animals, perishables…)
Directly connected to highway network for immediate distribution of the goods and easy consolidation of outbound shipments.
To summarize, these "Cargo Friendly Airports" have the highest technical capabilities, offer fast, flexible and cost effective services, on a 24/7 basis, to the service of carriers and to the interest of shippers and their agents.
Where can you find them ?
Almost everywhere in the world "cargo minded" airports already exist in China, India, Middle East, South America and, when it deals with Europe, at CHATEAUROUX AIRPORT, which is ideally located to cover the West European markets.