Menzies expands LOT Polish Airlines deal across Europe, N. America

New five-year contract covers 12 airports across the airline’s global network including key hubs at Chicago and Budapest

Menzies expands LOT Polish Airlines deal across Europe, N. America

Menzies Aviation, the global aviation logistics specialist, has doubled the number of airports where it supports LOT Polish Airlines with ground and air cargo services.

The new five-year contract covers 12 airports across the airline's global network including key hubs at Chicago and Budapest, according to an official statement from Menzies.

New airports where Menzies will start supporting LOT include Los Angeles International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Iasi International Airport, Oslo Airport and Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport.

Passenger and ramp services will be provided at all new stations along with air cargo services starting at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Contract renewals for passenger, ramp and cargo services have also been agreed at Václav Havel Airport Prague, Budapest Airport and Avram Iancu Cluj International Airport with the continuation of ramp and passenger services at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, ramp handling at O'Hare International Airport and de-icing, passenger and ramp services at London Heathrow.

In addition, Menzies will start providing passenger services at O'Hare International Airport.

"We are thrilled to be growing our relationship with LOT Polish Airlines at 12 airports across Europe and North America," says Miguel Gomez, Executive Vice President Europe, Menzies Aviation. "The extension of our partnership through the GTA demonstrates Menzies' trusted reputation as ground handler of choice for the airline at these locations and we look forward to further strengthening our partnership over the years to come."

Maciej Wilk, Chief Operating Officer, LOT Polish Airlines, added: "We are very happy to open a new chapter of our relationship with Menzies, which is a world class aviation services company. It required a lot of effort on both sides to break the daily routine and look beyond simple contractual obligations. I am very proud of what we have achieved and look forward to further developing the relationship."

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