Saudia looks to expand in Europe with Jan de Rijk deal

Source: Saudia Cargo

Saudia Cargo has selected trucking firm Jan de Rijk to provide Road Feeder Services (RFS) in Europe as it looks to expand its presence on the continent.

The airline said the deal with Jan de Rijk marks a “significant milestone in its growth strategy” by enabling it to tap into “new opportunities and further build up its European operations”.

The airline pointed out that the deal comes as it plans to double capacity and fleet size in the coming few years.

“Europe is considered one of the most attractive markets for our customers and to meet customer expectations in quality and service requirements for all kinds of products, we need to have this kind of partnership with one of the best companies in Europe,” a spokesperson told Air Cargo News.

Saudia Cargo chief executive Teddy Zebitz said: “Jan de Rijk’s extensive experience and proven track record in the European transportation industry align perfectly with our business growth objectives.

“Besides, we both share same mission towards sustainability, which is an important issue for the air cargo industry, and air cargo carriers that adopt sustainable practices can help to protect the environment, improve safety, and enhance their brand reputation.

“Together, we will enhance our offering for innovative and efficient solutions that cater to the evolving needs of the regional and global market.”

Jan de Rijk chief executive Fred Westdijk added: “This agreement with Saudia Cargo presents a remarkable opportunity for both organizations. By combining our strengths, we will unlock new avenues for growth and better serve our customers. We look forward to a fruitful partnership and its mutual benefits.”

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]