WFS to handle more than 160,000 tons of cargo per year with Saudia Cargo deal

By Rachelle Harry

Saudia Cargo has awarded a multi-station contract to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in Europe and the US to handle more than 160,000 tonnes of cargo per annum and provide ramp handling for air cargo shipments on more than 5,000 passenger and freighter flights a year.

The three-year agreement is set to strengthen WFS’s relationship with Saudia Cargo at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and other French airports, as well as at Frankfurt, New York JFK and Washington Dulles airports. As part of the tender process, Saudia Cargo conducted technical visits to each WFS station to determine the quality of each facility and to meet local WFS staff responsible for managing its cargo operations.

The contract will also bring new cargo handling business to the UK’s London Heathrow and Manchester airports (from October 1), Brussels airport and Amsterdam Schiphol airport (from November 1).

Duncan Watson, vice president global commercial cargo at WFS, said: “We are honoured that Saudia Cargo has chosen to extend its relationship with WFS at stations where we already work together in Europe and the US, and to also partner with us for its major cargo operations in Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Manchester.

“The airline is demonstrating its trust in WFS’ ability to provide the highest quality of service for its customers, alongside the highest standards of safety and security.”

Barry Nassberg, group chief commercial officer at WFS, added: “WFS is able to provide the focus and service support that customers need at major cargo gateways across the globe, as well as combining this with the highest levels of service reliability, flexibility and value.”

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