Menzies Aviation has been selected by the City of Philadelphia (PHL) Division of Aviation and Aviation Facilities Company (AFCO) as a new cargo ground handler at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

PHL and AFCO also finalised Kale Logistics Solutions as the technology solution provider for the cargo community system of the airport.

Commenting on the development, PHL chief revenue officer Jim Tyrrell said: “Our partnership with AFCO, Menzies and Kale is a critical step in the evolution of Philadelphia International Airport’s cargo programme.

“It will help us achieve our goal of becoming the premier cargo airport on the East Coast for speed, efficiency, and quality. Beyond increasing our cargo throughput, this partnership is also meant to enhance services for our passenger airlines.”

Menzies and Kale are said to play an important role in the PHL Cargo Expansion Strategy, unveiled in 2021.

This is aimed at coping with the growing regional demand for air cargo as well as logistics in and around the airport.

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AFCO plans to build a 150,000ft² facility for Menzies under the new alliance with the airport and the City.

This facility will capitalise on investments allocated for the relocation of Tinicum Island Road in addition to extending the cargo ramp area of the airport.

It will utilise the relationship between the airport and Kale Logistics to develop an air cargo community system.

Additionally, Menzies, AFCO and PHL are assessing near-term options for their operations before the completion of the new dedicated air cargo building.

Menzies Aviation Global Cargo Services executive vice-president Robert Fordree said: “We are delighted to be working with Philadelphia Airport, AFCO and Kale on this new development for cargo.

“This is very much aligned to our preferred model of working collaboratively with key stakeholders and airports that are willing to invest in cargo infrastructure.

“We are embracing new technologies and innovation for cargo handling and look forward to bringing this approach to the new development, as well as utilising the implementation of a cargo community system in collaboration with Kale.”

Menzies Aviation offers air cargo, ground and fuel services at over 250 airports located across 58 countries.