Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has renewed its lease on two units totalling 140,000 square feet at Heathrow Cargo Centre – the major airside cargo facility at Heathrow Airport owned and managed by SEGRO.
WFS, the world’s largest cargo-handling organisation, has signed five-year leases for airside units at 551 Shoreham Road and 552 Shoreham Road, which provide around 60,000 square foot and 80,000 square foot of modern warehouse space, respectively.
Having been a customer of SEGRO’s for 14 years and occupying 400,000 square foot across four units, WFS uses its space at Heathrow Cargo Centre for cargo and freight handling.
The company’s expansion at Heathrow since 2015 underlines the strategic importance of the airport, which transported over 1.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2018.
SEGRO head of Central London business unit, Alan Holland said: “WFS is a key player in cargo handling and we are proud they are one of our customers. Their renewed commitment underlines not only our close working relationship but also the continued demand we are seeing for well-located industrial units that deliver airside and landside access at the UK’s hub airport.
“With Heathrow reporting consistently high levels of cargo being exported and imported, demand for freight handling space around the airport shows no sign of abating.”
WFS UK finance director, Steven Greenhalgh said: “These airside facilities enable us to deliver a seamless service to our customers and so it was crucial to extend our occupation for a further five years. Heathrow is a key strategic location for our business globally and we look forward to partnering with SEGRO on any future space requirements at the airside Cargo Centre.”
Airworld, Air Canada, DHL Aviation, Air France and Menzies Aviation also occupy space at SEGRO’s assets on Shoreham Road, which offers direct airside access and reduced delivery times.