Ground handler Menzies wins Avianca contract at MIA

By Rachelle Harry

Avianca Cargo has selected Menzies Aviation as its ground handler at Miami International Airport (MIA).

The partnership, which starts in May and last for five years, will see 300 Menzies staff providing cargo ground handling services for Avianca at MIA.

Avianca has a 225,000 sq ft warehousing space at MIA that processes around 250,00 tonnes of cargo each year.

The carrier imports flowers, fish, fruit and vegetables to MIA, and exports commodities.

John Redmond, executive vice president Americas at Menzies Aviation, commented: “We are so proud that Avianca has selected Menzies to be its cargo handling partner at their Miami hub, which is a large-scale and complex operation for the carrier.

“This award marks a major milestone, not only for our cargo operations in the US but globally, and represents Avianca’s great confidence in Menzies’ excellent standards and ability to provide a quality service that is safe, secure and consistent.

“Our team is already working hard to ensure a successful start up, and we are looking forward to cultivating a strong and close relationship with Avianca over the years to come.”

Ruben Atehortua, director of cargo operations at Avianca Cargo, added: “The Avianca organisation is delighted to be starting a new chapter alongside Menzies Aviation at our Miami hub, which is one of our most important operations. We have every faith that this is the beginning of a strong alliance which will enable us to continue providing an exceptional service to our clients whilst enhancing our position in the Miami market.

“This partnership is underscored by our mutual commitment to efficiency, improvement and reliability, and we are looking forward to working closely with Menzies to advance our state of the art operation.”

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