AirPort+ development

Objective: To create an air transport module of AP+ for the smooth passage of goods through the Aimé Césaire airport in Fort-de-France and make stock accounting of bonded warehouses in the freight zone more accurate.

The audit of the airport processes and their optimisation enabled MGI and the airport community to develop the AirPort+ module.

Implementation date: May 18, 2011

The Aimé Césaire Airport: All freight traffic is integrated in AP+. In the Fort de France airport, 100% of the airport community use AirPort+.

This represents 56 companies:

  • 37 forwarding agents
  • 6 air carriers
  • 2 handlers
  • 1 customs service

The project carrier: Port+, a company that markets AP+ in Martinique.


Project history

The Fort-de-France port community was the 1st to sign a contract with MGI for the implementation of AP+ which took place on June 1, 2007 after the historical sites of Marseille and then Le Havre.

As of its design, AP+ was developed as an a-modal logistics optimisation tool.

MGI was thereby able to make a proposal to the Martinique professionals whereby a study of the air transport processes would be conducted followed by the development of a module to meet the airport community needs.

The majority of the logistics professionals in Fort-de-France operate in the maritime and air transport field. Therefore, it was natural to make a common port and airport tool available to them.

The will to set up a Cargo Community System in the Lamentin airport was part of the ambitious "e-freight" project by the IATA aimed at simplifying air transport procedures.


The stakeholders

  • The professionals in the airport zone: handler, forwarding agents, air carriers
  • The airport manager
  • The customs administration
  • The veterinary and phytosanitary services

The challenge

Successfully implement a Cargo Community System that was up until then, uniquely maritime, while ensuring its conformance in order to meet the needs of the Aimé Césaire airport private and public sectors.

This implementation was in the framework of a true Private - Public Partnership (PPP) which made AP+ a success.


The implementation phases

  • Audit Phase
    • Analysis of the existing processes
    • Adequacy of the AP+ solution for the processes noted
    • Analysis and recommendations
    • Projection of the implantation of the solution
    • Conclusions
  • The audit phase lasted close to 1 month.
    By relying on the general part of AP+, MGI was able to propose the development of an air transport module.
    The development of the specific AP+ air part consisted of ensuring the conformance of existing functions with the IATA standards.
  • Information technology
  • In the early part of 2011, MGI undertook the IT developments required for implementing air traffic flow.
  • The MGI engineers developed the AP+ air module.
  • AirPort+ required close to 500 Man - Days of development.
  • Interfaces
  • The implementation of AirPort+ required that conformance with the air transport standards was ensured.
  • The MGI’s EDI experts developed and implemented the interfaces with the air carriers according to the IATA standards.
  • AirPort+ is 100% compatible with the systems of the major professionnals in air transport worldwide.
  • Customer training/assistance
  • MGI managed the training of the entire Lamentin airport community.
  • 80 people were trained:
    • 71 professionals (handler, forwarding agents, companies)
    • 9 customs agents

The advantages of implementing AirPort+

  • Financial advantages: reduction in the costs of administrative processing
  • Rapidity: advance operations processing
  • Information quality and accuracy: computerised transmission of documentation
  • Standardisation of processes: use of a shared system
  • Compatibility with international customs regulations

The Martinique logistics community is the first in the world to become equipped with a tri-modal Cargo Community System

Six months were required to develop the air transport module.

AirPort+ was implemented as scheduled on May 18, 2011.

The Martinique port and airport community, a leader in the innovative implementation of the Cargo Community System.

Fort-de-France was the 1st port to implement AP+ besides the two founding ports of Marseille and Le Havre.

In May 2011, Martinique once again took the lead and opened the way to other communities by implementing AirPort+, the AP+ air transport module.

AirPort+ is the first French Cargo Community System to be rolled out in an entire airport community.