Ground handling services provider Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has secured cargo handling contracts in the UK from All Nippon Airways (ANA) and the Tunisian airline, Nouvelair.
Under the three-year contract with ANA, WFS will provide offline cargo reception points at 11 regional airports, namely Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), London Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN), Aberdeen (ABZ), Belfast (BFS), Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), Cardiff (CWL), East Midlands (EMA) and Newcastle (NCL).
WFS added that its UK transport division would also offer road feeder services carrying cargoes from the UK regions.
Currently, WFS operates more than 600 trucking services a week in the UK for airline and freight forwarding customers.
However, ANA confirmed that it would continue to use the services of the existing cargo handler at London Heathrow (LHR).
The Tunisian airline company Nouvelair has selected WFS as the cargo handling partner at London Gatwick airport for its three Airbus A320 passenger flights every week to Tunisia capital city Tunis.
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The services will be provided for a period of three years.
Nouvelair has plans to expand its footprint at the UK regional airports next year.
WFS UK Cargo and Ground Handling commercial director Jennifer Smith 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.
“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.”
Last month, Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) agreed to acquire WFS from an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management for a cash consideration of €1.18bn.