WFS and Swiss WorldCargo launch New York’s first GDP-compliant airport facility

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and Swiss WorldCargo have opened New York’s first Good Distribution Practice (GDP) compliant pharma facility with the certification of Building 66 at JFK airport.

Michael Simpson, WFS’ executive vice president Americas, said: “We will continue to expand our network of certified facilities, adding to our current list of JFK and Miami in the Americas as well as multiple locations in Europe.” 

Michael Ganz, head of Northeast-/Midwest USA and Canada for Swiss WorldCargo, said. “This latest addition of GDP-compliant facilities allows us to offer additional quality corridors to our pharma and healthcare customers. The certification of our boutique-like single-airline facility in New York further strengthens our position as a global quality leader.”

The GDP certification confirms WFS’ compliance with World Health Organization (WHO), IATA, and Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) quality standards for handling pharmaceutical and life science products, as well as with Service Level Agreements signed with individual airline customers in New York.

WFS has also signed a 15-year lease on a new state- of-the-art, 346,000 sq ft cargo terminal at the airport, the first phase of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s comprehensive Vision Plan.

The facility, which will have a throughput capacity of over 300,000 tonnes a year, will offer improved cargo flows and reduced transfer times, shorter truck waiting times and incorporate the latest security and screening systems and procedures.

It will also house dedicated facilities for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products and perishables cargo when it opens in 2020/21.

Pictured from left to right: Jo Palermo, General Manager Blg 66 JFK, Rinzing Wangyal, VP of Business Planning, WFS, Tameika Thomas, Special Products Manager, WFS, Kathy Roberts, Director Quality and Training, WFS, Michael Simpson, EVP Americas, WFS, Michael Ganz, Head of Cargo Northeast USA and Canada, Swiss WorldCargo, Octavian David, Manager, Cargo New York, Swiss WorldCargo, Richard Hoffer, Manager, Indoor Sales and Operations, New York, Swiss WorldCargo.

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