AirBridgeCargo Airlines selects WFS for Liege cargo handling
April 19, 2019: Russian carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC Airlines) has chosen Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) as its handling partner to accelerate its strategic partnership with Liege Airport ahead of the opening of the first phase of its new dedicated cargo area at the airport at the end of 2019.
The cooperation is in support of the strategic partnership signed between ABC’s parent company, Volga-Dnepr Group, and Liege to significantly increase cooperation between the two companies, boosting AirBridgeCargo’s volumes to and from the Belgian airport.
This latest addition of WFS to the project comes as the partners progress with the construction phase of new warehouse premises to support’s ABC’s fast-growing freight volumes. This work will be divided into two phases for completion by the end of this year and mid-2020 respectively.
“Our close collaboration will facilitate the seamless and rapid building of the first 12,500 square metre of warehousing premises, which will be operational in November 2019. This will support our intention to increase ABC’s current schedule of eight weekly frequencies from Liege to our target of 30 flights per week by 2020 in line with our customers’ wishes and our vision of joint, intensified cooperation. This is a global project for AirBridgeCargo because, as well as representing a substantial enhancement of our cargo infrastructure in the region, it will allow us to increase our use of Liege Airport to leverage major international trade flows, including for special cargoes, and extend our ability to meet the needs of global businesses and consumers,” highlighted Andrey Andreev, vice president, Europe of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
“From the start of our cooperation, AirBridgeCargo and Liege Airport have been a perfect match and We see the first phase nearing completion, while the second phase, another 12.500 m2 first line facility, will be ready in 2020. We welcome WFS as operator of the dedicated facility, as they bring more know-how and experience to Liege. The additional flights, operated by one of the newest, cleanest and most silent widebody fleets in the world, alongside the facility, are another driver for further direct and indirect job creation at Liege Airport,” stated Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport.
Barry Nassberg, Group chief commercial officer of WFS commented: “As the world’s largest cargo handler, we’re also excited about entering the Liege market for the first time, which has been a strategic objective of ours. We’ll be bringing the unique WFS experience to the airport, along with our technology, systems, and security processes, and are confident in our ability to help accelerate ABC’s and Liege Airport’s growth ambitions.”
In addition to new warehouse facilities, Liege Airport is also constructing additional aircraft stands for wide-body planes with access to the enclosed cargo handling areas through an easily accessible ramp zone.