WFS wins two UK cargo handling deals

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) - currently in talks to be taken over by SATS - has scooped two new cargo handling contracts in the UK. All Nippon Airways (ANA) has signed a three-year deal with the handler to provide offline cargo reception points at 11 regional airports: Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Gatwick, Manchester, and Newcastle. WFS' UK transport division will also provide road feeder services carrying cargoes from the UK regions.

"WFS operates over 600 trucking services a week for airline and freight forwarding customers in the UK, transporting over 50,000,000 kilos annually via connections to 18 UK airports," WFS said. ANA will continue to work with its existing cargo handler at London Heathrow. Meanwhile, Tunisian carrier Nouvelair has chosen WFS as the cargo handling partner for its three Airbus A320 passenger flights per week from Gatwick to Tunis, the capital of Tunisia.

The airline has awarded WFS a three-year contract. "While the number of weekly flights will be reduced to two for the winter season, Nouvelair has plans to enlarge its footprint at UK regional airports in 2023," WFS said. "These new contracts reflect the scope of WFS' cargo handling and road feeder operations in the UK.

This gives our airline customers the opportunity to expand their customer service and revenue generation opportunities across the UK market because of the local reception points and reliable transport connections we can provide for their flight operations," said Jennifer Smith, WFS' UK commercial director - cargo and ground handling.

"We welcome the opportunity to support and grow ANA's strong presence with customers in the UK and will also play an important role in helping Nouvelair establish its cargo business as a newcomer to the UK."

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