WFS establishes cargo foothold in Milan
04 / 09 / 2018
Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has invested in a new cargo terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport.
This is the handler’s first such facility in Italy, where it previously only provided documentation and cargo operations supervision services for American Airlines and China Cargo Airlines.
The terminal, which opened at the end of July, can process over 47,000 tonnes of freight per year and combines 5,000 sq m of warehouse space with a 3,000 sq m ramp area and 800 sq m of office accommodation. As well as being equipped with the latest cargo handling and ground support equipment, it includes a cool area for temperature-controlled shipments.
Massimiliano Introini, WFS managing director, Italy, said: “This is the first new cargo facility to open in Milan-Malpensa since 2004 and is part of a 10-15 year commitment by WFS to grow our presence at the airport, where total cargo volumes rose 7.5% in 2017 to 490,000 tonnes.
“This investment makes WFS the only international on-airport cargo handling operator in Italy,” he pointed out.
WFS executive vice president Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEAA) John Batten added: “This latest development extends our strong foothold at major cargo airports across Europe and provides a new connection for our European network.”
The Milan-Malpensa terminal’s launch customer American Airlines signed a new, extended contract with WFS earlier this year. The facility will also provide offline handling services for other WFS customers.
Elsewhere in Italy, the handler also provides cargo documentation services for airline customers in Rome and Venice.
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