WFS wins Air France KLM Martinair Cargo contract at Brussels Airport

By Rachelle Harry

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been awarded a five-year contract with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo at Brussels Airport.

WFS will carry out handling services for the carrier at its new facility at the airport, including cargo, mail and truck handling, for some 30,000 tonnes annually.

WFS’ new €100m cargo handling facility, which is named Building 835 at Brussels Airport, will incorporate 3,000 sq m of cooling facilities for pharma and perishables shipments, a covered airside staging area and outside container storage. It will also be equipped with full CCTV coverage, X-ray and other security technologies.

The opening of Building 835 will mark WFS’ second new cargo terminal at Brussels Airport within two years. In February 2019, it commenced operations at Building 832 — a 9,400 sq m freight centre designed to support fast and efficient loading, unloading and handling of cargo, as well as specialist trucking and forwarding activities.

Marc Claesen, senior vice president commercial EMEA at WFS, commented: “We are extremely proud that Air France KLM Martinair Cargo are extending their partnership with WFS in Europe as we continue to invest in our presence at Brussels Airport. WFS is making this strong commitment to support our customers, the Belgian freight and logistics industry, and Brussels Airport’s ambition to be one of Europe’s most important and professional cargo hubs. We are confident in the long-term airport’s growth potential.”

WFS said its 17 airline customers in Brussels, as well as its freight forwarding customers, also benefit from other innovative technologies, including a slot booking app to expedite truck handling times and kiosks and self-acceptance systems for faster cargo acceptance.

Last year, WFS became the first handler to win the BRUcargo Award, presented annually by Brussels Airport Company to “recognise and incentivise service excellence”.

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