Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) investment in state-of-the-art facilities as part of its long-term commitment to Brussels Airport has earned it a new five-year contract with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo.
Under the terms of the agreement, which commences this month, WFS will provide a total handling solution including cargo, mail and truck handling, as well as services for special products, for some 30,000 tonnes annually.
Winning the prestigious new contract comes as WFS prepares for the opening of its new 25,000-sqm building at Brussels Airport. The new facility is part of a €100 million investment by Brussels Airport in the cargo zone at the airport and will incorporate 3,000 square metres of cooling facilities for pharma and perishables shipments, a covered airside staging area and outside container storage.
As part of WFS’ global commitment to the highest levels of safety and security, it will also be equipped with full CCTV coverage, x-ray and other security technologies.
Senior VP of commercial for EMEAA at WFS Marc Claesen said: “We are extremely proud that Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is extending its partnership with WFS in Europe as we continue to invest in our presence at Brussels Airport. WFS is making this strong commitment to support our customers, the Belgian freight and logistics industry, and the airport’s ambition to be one of Europe’s most important and professional cargo hubs. We are extremely confident in the airport’s growth potential in the long term.”
The opening of Building 835 will mark WFS’ second new cargo terminal at Brussels Airport within two years. In February last year it also commenced operations in the custom-built Building 832 at the airport, a 9,400-sqm freight centre designed to support fast and efficient loading, unloading and handling of cargo, plus specialist trucking and forwarding activities.
WFS’ 17 airline customers in Brussels, as well as its freight forwarding customers, also benefit from other innovative technologies, including a slot-booking app to expedite truck handling times and kiosks and self-acceptance systems for faster cargo acceptance.
In February this year WFS was awarded IATA CEIV Pharma certification for its new €10 million Pharma Centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for the handling of temperature-controlled healthcare and life science products.