At the end of November, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne, who reports to the Minister for Environmental Transition and Solidarity, paid an official visit to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport where the winter operations programme was presented to her.
The Minister was welcomed by Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO of Groupe ADP, Marc Houalla, Deputy CEO and Head of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, and François Mainsard, Prefect in charge of Airports, at the operational flight deck, which is the nerve centre of the airport’s winter operations programme. Implemented by Groupe ADP in collaboration with Météo France, the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) and airlines, the programme aims to optimise traffic continuity by anticipating weather events. The visit ended at the CDM (Collaborative Decision Making) platform, a real-time coordination centre that brings together all of the programme’s staff.
“The 2017-2018 winter season enabled us to test the robustness of our system and today, with less than 20 cm of snow per 24 hours, traffic is no longer impacted,” says Groupe ADP CEO Augustin de Romanet. The special system with 185 vehicles and 50 de-icers is implemented every winter, in close coordination with the DGAC, Météo France and airlines to ensure the winter maintenance of Parisian airports in all weather conditions.
“The winter operations programme is activated every year from 15 October to 15 April. We have 900 people dedicated to winter operations, including volunteers from all Groupe ADP departments who want to make sure our services can continue.” Isabelle Dreyssé, Head of CDGR, the operational unit for aircraft zones at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
[To inform and make customers aware of snow-removal and defrosting operations, safety requirements, and what is expected of each stakeholder during snowy weather, Groupe EDP has set up a dedicated website.]