Air cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been awarded a multi-station cargo handling contract by Saudia Cargo covering major airport gateways in Europe and the United States.
The contract will see WFS handle in excess of 160,000 tonnes of cargo per annum for the airline and provide ramp handling for air cargo shipments onboard over 5,000 passenger and freighter flights a year.
“We are honoured that Saudia Cargo has chosen to extend its relationship with WFS at stations where we already work together in Europe and the U.S. and, following a full review of the market, to also partner with us for its major cargo operations in Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Manchester,” said Duncan Watson, VP Global Commercial Cargo at WFS.
“The airline is demonstrating its trust in WFS’ ability to provide the highest quality of service for its customers, alongside the highest standards of safety and security.
“An important factor in our success is undoubtedly our ability to offer services to Saudia Cargo at all eight airports within our own facilities and the expertise and flexibility of our people at each airport.”
The three-year agreement also extends WFS’ existing relationships with Saudia Cargo at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and across all airports in France as well as at Frankfurt, New York JFK and Washington Dulles airports.
As part of the tender process, Saudia Cargo conducted technical visits to each WFS station to determine the quality of each facility and to meet local WFS staff responsible for managing the airline’s cargo operations.
“We established our Global Commercial Group to offer and support this type of multi-station agreement, which is clearly very attractive to international airlines with extensive networks,” said Barry Nassberg, Group Chief Commercial Officer at WFS.
“We look forward to discussing similar global network benefits with other airlines and prospective partners.”