Qatar Cargo appoints Menzies Aviation as Heathrow ground handler

By Rachelle Harry

Qatar Airways Cargo has appointed Menzies Aviation to handle airfreight from the carrier’s passenger and freighter aircraft, as well as providing cargo transportation to and from aircraft, at London Heathrow Airport.

The companies said that partnership is part of a joint approach to develop Qatar Cargo’s global network handling partnership programme.

From September 1, Menzies Aviation will provide Qatar Cargo with more than 7,000 sq m of warehouse space for the handling of passenger and freighter cargo at Heathrow. 

Qatar Airways Cargo will also benefit from a reception area and operations office, as well as office space and a gym for its employees.

In addition, Menzies Aviation said it is enhancing its delivery and collection process for the forwarding and trucking community as part of the agreement. It also plans to invest in handling facilities for pharma and temperature-sensitive cargo.

Guillaume Halleux, chief officer of cargo at Qatar Airways, commented: “We are glad to appoint Menzies Aviation as our ground handling partner in London Heathrow. We share the same values of customer-centricity and service excellence and believe this partnership will enable us to offer smooth and seamless handling for all types of cargo, especially pharmaceuticals and temperature-controlled freight.”

Robert Fordree, Menzies Aviation executive vice president, cargo, added: “We are delighted that Qatar Airways Cargo has appointed Menzies as its new handler.

“This award is the result of a close-working relationship in a number of global locations which has enabled us to develop a deep understanding of the cargo carrier’s requirements. It shows our renewed focus on our global cargo business and a clear strategy to partner with global carriers at multiple locations is beginning to deliver results.”

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