Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) has become the first airport in Italy to earn THE IATA CEIV Pharma certification.
FCO obtained the certification in a community approach together with its air cargo supply chain partners.
The certification ensures that the FCO airport community meets the highest global standard for transporting pharmaceutical products by air, complying with existing national and international regulations. It helps to build the air cargo connectivity of the Rome Metro Region with the rest of the world.
Cargo business at Fiumicino airport closed out 2018 with a growth of 11 per cent compared to 2017, brushing the milestone of 200 thousand tonnes handled.
A significant portion of this cargo traffic includes precisely pharmaceutical products, a leading sector in terms of the value of the cargo imported/exported through the airport, which travel primarily from and to North America, but also the far East and South America.
“The Lazio pharmaceutical district, the second largest in Italy and one of the major European production hubs, is growing constantly. Therefore, the development of Fiumicino as a cargo traffic hub is a driving force for the economy of the territory and the entire country system” said Fausto Palombelli, chief commercial pfficer of airport operator ADR.
“This certification is a testament to the commitment and the proactive role of Aeroporti di Roma in the economic development of the supply chain.”
“The European freight market is one of the largest in the world, accounting for close to a quarter of total global trade,” said Sergio Fernandez, regional director Europe, airport, passenger, cargo and security. for IATA.
“Having Rome Fiumicino Airport, one of the region’s major pharma hubs, achieve CEIV Pharma Certification is a significant boost for meeting shippers’ expectations in terms of standardization and transparency across the supply chain in the region. We congratulate Fiumicino on their achievement.”