Menzies provides South African Airways with air cargo services at three airports

Professor John Lamola, chairperson and chief executive, SAA with Philipp Joeinig, chief executive, Menzies Aviation. Photo: Menzies Aviation

South African Airways (SAA) Cargo has appointed Menzies Aviation to provide air cargo services at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, and Port Elizabeth International Airport.

The first phase of Menzies’ work started on December 1 with the handling of all SAA Cargo terminal operations in Cape Town. The second phase will begin at OR Tambo in the coming weeks.

The partnership deal is part of the ongoing restructuring process that SAA is implementing post-business rescue, said the recently acquired Menzies.

Professor John Lamola, chairperson and chief executive, SAA, said: “This milestone is an important one, it is part of our efforts to re-position SAA Cargo and unlock the value of SAA Cargo terminals.

“It also allows management to focus on critical strategic goals to grow our cargo business.”

Philipp Joeinig, chief executive, Menzies Aviation said: “The partnership with SAA aligns with the strategy to grow Menzies’ footprint in Africa, where we see huge potential for growth.

“SAA is an important player in the cargo industry and this partnership is a real game changer for our business in South Africa as we are now based in the largest air cargo facilities in the country in the two main airfreight ports.

“It also aligns with our long-term vision to strengthen our position as the leading aviation services provider in Africa.”

SAA Cargo and Menzies are currently undertaking renovations of the terminals at OR Tambo, Cape Town, and Port Elizabeth with sustainability in mind.

Investing in electric vehicles and ground service equipment, solar energy, energy efficient lighting and a full recycling programme are some of the actions being taken to reduce the carbon footprint.

The facilities, which will remain part of SAA’s property portfolio, are the largest in South Africa.

OR Tambo has the capacity to handle 229,000 tonnes of cargo per year and Cape Town has a capacity of 92,550 tonnes per year. Menzies will move its existing and new business into the cargo handling facilities.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]