WFS wins cargo handling contract at Cargo Building C at Atlanta airport
HARTSFIELD-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has signed French groundhandling giant Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) to operate the gateway's new Cargo Building C following a tender process
HARTSFIELD-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has signed French groundhandling giant Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) to operate the gateway's new Cargo Building C following a tender process.
WFS will take a long-term lease on the new facility to open later this year, the newest of the cargo terminals at the airport, reports London's Air Cargo News.
The new facility, at the airport's South Cargo Area, combines a 120,000-square foot warehouse with 20,000 square feet of office space.
Moreover, to support the handling of temperature-controlled products, it will also enjoy 2,500 square feet of dedicated cooling facilities capable of storing 140 skids plus ULD containers for handling pharmaceuticals and other perishables.
Said WFS vice president Mike Simpson: 'This is a big win for WFS and for the airlines we will be working with in Atlanta. As the biggest handler in North America, present at over 60 major airports, Atlanta has been a significant gap in our network.
'We have been very attracted to Atlanta for some time and are excited by what we can do to support the airport's long-term growth, most notably by bringing our best-in-class global safety and security standards to the market,' said Mr Simpson.
Said airport director Elliott Paige: 'With more airlines recognising the outstanding opportunities we offer, WFS will play an important role in Atlanta's future growth by further enhancing our reputation as a first class, and safe and secure, cargo hub.'
WFS, the world's biggest air freight handler, has in recent times expanded its footprint in Paris, New York JFK, Brussels, Copenhagen and Madrid which, with the addition of Atlanta, adds a further 700,000 square feet in total to its international operations footprint.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport handled a total of 700,000 tonnes of cargo last year, a 4.7 per cent increase over 2017.