Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has signed an
agreement with Transglobal Cargo Centre in Kenya to take over the
full management, operation and business development of
Transglobal’s fresh produce and cargo terminal at Nairobi’s Jomo
Kenyatta International Airport.
Transglobal Cargo Centre now
operates under the Africa Flight Services (AFS) brand, the WFS
division responsible for the development of a full range of
handling activities across Africa. AFS stations are already
operating in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Dar es Salaam.
WFS is one of the
world’s largest cargo handlers and operates at 120 major airports
in 20 countries. It handles over 4 million tonnes of cargo per
annum on behalf of some 300 airline customers globally.
Transglobal Cargo Centre opened in 2007 and is Nairobi’s leading
fresh produce and cargo handling facility. In 2013, it handled
52,500 tonnes of cargo on behalf of its airline customers,
including Emirates SkyCargo, Lufthansa Cargo and Astral Aviation.
Barry Nassberg, Group Chief Operating Officer at WFS, said,
“We are delighted to be working with a professional partner in Transglobal, which is in line with our commitment to provide our
airline clients with a worldwide network of expertise in handling
services. Transglobal will also benefit from joining the WFS
network in terms of being part of global customer agreements and
having access to our operating and quality standards, and
training. This is a far-reaching partnership that includes the
development of new business as well as the management and
operation of Transglobal’s existing business in Nairobi. The cargo
terminal is an outstanding facility and with the capacity to
handle over 200,000 tonnes a year, it offers great potential for
growth at a time when the Kenyan economy is forecasting an annual
GDP increase of 5.7% in 2014 following its healthy 4.7% growth in
Historically, cargo volumes in Kenya have grown at
around twice the rate of GDP growth. The current air cargo market
size in Kenya is approximately 250,000 tonnes per annum, with export traffic accounting for over 75%.
In addition to
providing best-in-class cargo handling at the airport, AFS will
also launch ramp and passenger handling in Nairobi by the end of
2014. In support of this, AFS is initially investing in excess of
$7 million in new equipment to handle narrow and wide-body
passenger aircraft and wide-body freighters.
Bunn, Commercial Director of Transglobal, said, “We have already
created one of the region’s most professional cargo handling
stations and in partnership with WFS we will now take this to the
next level to support our existing and future customers. There is
already considerable interest in AFS because it will offer a full
ramp, passenger and cargo service and work to the highest
international service standards. This is a new and exciting phase
in our development.”
AFS will create over 150 new jobs at
the airport this year to support its full service offering for
airlines in Nairobi, doubling the size of Transglobal’s workforce
at the airport.
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