UK aircraft servicer Menzies Aviation has renewed its commitment to India by entering a 15-year partnership with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the operator of Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (BLR).

The joint venture, known as Menzies Aviation (Bengaluru) Private Limited (MABPL), will be the sole supplier of domestic cargo operations at BLR Airport, as well as international cargo services for a term of 15 years.

As Airport Technology reported, Kempegowda is among the ten biggest airport projects in India, and is the nation’s third busiest airport.

Menzies Aviation executive VP of Middle East, Africa and Asia Charles Wyley emphasised the length of the contract: “This long-term agreement with BIAL significantly expands our cargo operations at this strategically important transport hub, which represents the gateway to South and central India.

“This partnership comes at an exciting time for the development of the Indian aviation market and BIAL continues to invest in its state-of-the-art facilities.

“We look forward to deploying our operational expertise and developing BLR Airport’s cargo infrastructure as we, together with BIAL, strategically enhance the airport’s position as a thriving centre of cargo excellence.”

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Menzies added that MABPL will also become the sole operator of a new domestic cargo facility once completed, handling an initial 250,000t of cargo, with the possibility to increase to 400,000t.

According to Menzies Aviation’s annual review and sustainability report in 2022, their work in Middle East and Asia accounts for 9% of their total revenue with expansion in 25 countries.

Having handled 2 million tonnes of cargo in 2022, Menzies continues to expand its role as a global transporter of “high value and time critical cargo”, seen further by their recent expansion into the Bulgarian market.