SATS has been awarded a contract from Hainan Airlines for cargo handling services in Saudi Arabia.
SATS will provide warehouse handling services for over 2,400 tonnes of import, export, and transit airfreight annually, including special cargo shipments.
SATS has operated within the Saudi Arabian air cargo market for more than six years, managing upwards of 60,000 tonnes of cargo and mail annually for 19 airline customers.
Hainan Airlines operates three Airbus passenger flights a week to Riyadh and Jeddah.
Bob Chi, chief executive of gateway services at SATS, said: “We welcome Hainan Airlines as a customer of SATS in Riyadh and Jeddah.
“The airline is an important and growing partner of the SATS Group globally and we look forward to supporting its growth in Saudi Arabia through the provision of high-quality cargo handling services in our modern and well-equipped facilities.”
Chi added: “This new contract also leverages the capabilities and reputation earned by Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group, for the cargo handling services it already provides for Hainan Airlines in Europe and North America.”
Jiandong Liu, general manager of ground handling management division at Hainan Airlines, said: “It is important to Hainan Airlines and our customers that we work with cargo handling partners that can consistently meet the service standards we require.
“SATS and WFS share our approach and, together, they now offer us the opportunity to work with a single partner at more major airports across our network.”
This business is handled across three SATS’ locations at Saudi Arabia’s biggest cargo airports.
In Riyadh, the SATS Airfreight Terminal covers 30,000sqm and offers the capacity to process over 300,000 tonnes of cargo a year.
SATS also operates a second 30,000sqm warehouse facility in Damman plus an 8,000sqm facility in Jeddah with a throughput capacity of 36,000 tonnes a year.
Across the three Saudi Arabia operations, SATS facilitates a wide range of cargoes, including perishables chiller and freezer rooms, a temperature-controlled pharma facility, and a courier express zone.
The operations also incorporate areas for live animals, valuable, and dangerous goods shipments.
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