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'Europe's biggest'.

Air France claims its new Charles de Gaulle cargo terminal is its most substantial infrastructure investment

PARIS--To the razzmatazz and hoopla accompaniment of clowns, stiltwalkers and circus strong men, Air France opened its new cargo center at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Built at a cost of Ffr411 million ($65 million) and designed to handle 1 million tonnes of freight a year, the project is an indication of the French national carrier's determination to retain its position as one of the leading players in the world air-freight sector where in the 1997-98 IATA year, it was ranked third, performing 5.3 billion FTKs.

Cuffing the ribbon, Chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta said this was his airline's most substantial investment in infrastructure to date and claimed it as Europe's largest cargo hub. …

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