Menzies Aviation has launched ground and air cargo services in Costa Rica and Chile, further bolstering its reach in Latin America.

In Costa Rica, the firm secured licences to provide ground services at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and at Liberia Guanacaste Airport (LIR).

It also bolstered its SJO footprint by opening a new cargo facility in collaboration with Terminales Unidas (TUSA).

At SJO Costa Rica, Menzies is the only firm to provide a complete range of ground, air cargo, and security services. It plans to further expand these services to other airports throughout the country.

Last year, Menzies purchased a majority stake in Agunsa Aviation Services in Chile.

Menzies Agunsa received permits to offer air cargo services to the market.

It will run a 65,000ft2 on-airport cargo warehouse at Santiago de Chile Airport (SCL), while handling import cargo and courier products.

The aviation services specialist already offers ground services at SCL to United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Qatar Airways.

Menzies Aviation Americas executive vice-president John Redmond said: “We have experienced rapid growth in Latin America over recent years where we have grown our operations from two countries in 2019 to six.

“We now have operations across Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Chile. We are very excited about these latest additional opportunities in Costa Rica and Chile, and look forward to further strengthening our network in this attractive market.”

Meanwhile, last month, Menzies negotiated a majority stake in Jamaican ground and cargo handling company AJAS.