WFS Wins Major Milan Airport Contract

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Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been awarded the handling concession for a new 5,000 sqm cargo terminal at Milan Malpensa Airport, part of a major investment programme to increase the airports cargo capacity to one million tonnes a year by 2020.

WFS, one of the worlds largest cargo handlers, will move into the new building in early 2016 on completion of the construction phase and will invest in excess of 1.8 million to equip the facility with modern handling systems and the necessary logistics infrastructure.

The successful bid is for a minimum of ten years with the option of a further five years at Milan Malpensa, which handles some 50% of all air cargo exports from Italy.

WFS has operated an airline representative office at the airport since 2008 and has cargo handling contracts in Milan for major airline customers including American Airlines, US Airways and China Cargo Airlines.

The new cargo terminal will be built by SEA, the operator of Milans Malpensa and Linate airports and will be developed in conjunction with the technical department of WFS in Paris.

The building will incorporate seven landside doors for trucks, a ramp for smaller vehicles, secure cages for valuable cargo and dangerous goods, and cool rooms for temperature-controlled shipments. The design will also include a 1,000 sqm covered area on the air-side ramp, an additional 2,000 sqm ramp area and office accommodation.

Massimiliano Introini, Managing Director Italy at WFS, said, WFS is the only international handler at MXP and will provide the global expertise, knowledge and services that will be essential in attracting more airlines from across the globe. We also offer the considerable benefits to airlines of our extensive road feeder system connecting the WFS airport network throughout Europe.

WFS expects to employ up to a further 50 new cargo personnel at Milan Malpensa when the cargo terminal opens.

WFS, Worldwide Flight Services, Cargo, Freight, Milan, Italy

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