WFS acquires Montreal cargo assets
13 / 09 / 2012
FOLLOWING the purchase of assets belonging to Excel Cargo at both Montreal’s (Canada) Dorval and Mirabel airports, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has become the largest cargo handler in the city.
The combined operation of both airports, including the existing WFS operation at Dorval, will have close to 150 employees and will function under the WFS name and brand.
Since January 2011, WFS has been awarded 24 new cargo contracts in North America worth US$11 million and retained a further 10 contracts that were part of competitive bid processes.
In Canada WFS also provides handling in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
“This acquisition provides the opportunity to develop not only our customer base to include numerous freight forwarders, but also to expand our service offerings with the addition of cargo running at Dorval and ramp and warehouse handling at Mirabel,” Olivier Bijaoui, President & CEO of WFS, said:
On completion of the takeover WFS’ existing customers British Airways, Finnair, Forwardair and US Airways transferred operations into the larger Excel premises at Dorval, adjacent to Customs, to achieve greater efficiency. The new operation will continue to provide services to Excel’s Dorval airline customers: Aer Lingus, Air Transat, CSA, Cubana, First Air, Qantas and SAS as well as to more than 45 freight forwarding organisations.
WFS says customers will benefit from access to these larger facilities and to the x-ray equipment for cargo screening that will be transferred. More than 2,700 tonnes of airfreight per month will be handled in the new Dorval operation.
In related news, WFS has recently appointed Michel Defays as senior vice-president Canada.